Wednesday, July 8, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
SNELLVILLE - Former Mayor Brett Harrell is attempting a political comeback.
He is seeking the House of Representatives seat being vacated by Melvin Everson, who next year will seek the labor commissioner post.
Harrell, who announced his run at a GOP breakfast on Independence Day, said Everson asked him to run for the House seat in his place. The two campaigned together a decade ago, when Everson joined the Snellville City Council and Harrell became mayor, defeating a 26-year incumbent.
"Economic development and transportation are key issues right now ... where we need leadership," Harrell said. "I've got a record of being able to deliver. ... I don't have to make promises. You can see what I've done."
When asked why he began his 2010 campaign so early, Harrell joked about being unemployed after his recent ouster as director of the Evermore Community Improvement District. But he pointed toward his accomplishments in economic development and transportation issues along U.S. Highway 78 during the past six years as a reason he hopes people will support his campaign.
A South Gwinnett High School graduate, Harrell is a former owner of an American Speedy Printing franchise. His wife Diane owns Cut-Ups Hair Salon. They have one son, Briggs, 19.
"We need less talk and more action in the Legislature, and that's exactly what I will provide if fortunate enough to serve you," Harrell said.