POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Three more candidates enter commission races

Three more people entered into commission races this week, just as the city election season ended.

Republicans Tommy Hunter and Ron Silver both said they would seek the District 4 seat currently held by Kevin Kenerly.

"I'm running to return the government to the governed," Hunter said, referring to recent budget woes. "I will use common sense and logic in making budgetary decisions always aware of the law of unintended consequences, and promise to make the protection of the citizens of Gwinnett County with necessary public safety assets a priority. More importantly, I will work tirelessly to regain the public's trust in its elected representatives."

Silver did not return a phone call seeking comment.

Neither are new to politics.

Hunter, a former county employee who works as a civil engineer, ran for the District 3 seat in 2004 before he moved to Buford.

Silver ran against Kenerly in 2002, but he was disqualified for reportedly misrepresenting residency and voter information just a month prior to the Republican primary.

The two will also face John Heard, a former state representative from Lawrenceville, who announced an earlier entrance into the race.

Also this week, State Board of Education member Jose Perez officially announced his run for District 2 commissioner, the seat for which Bert Nasuti has said he will not seek re-election.

"On the commission, I will work to cut spending, make government more efficient and lower taxes on our homeowners and businesses," the Cuban-born planning commissioner said. "I will work to reduce traffic congestion. And I will use my business experience to attract new jobs to Gwinnett."

Perez will run as a Republican, while Norcross man Robert Lee Byars has already announced a run for the seat as a Democrat.

Byars hosted a campaign kick-off at the city's cultural arts center Saturday.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.