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Suwanee has seat to fill; Braselton candidate drops out

Another contest is on tap for Nov. 3.

Suwanee's long-time Councilwoman Jeannine Rispin resigned earlier this month after announcing she will marry and move out the city, causing the City Council to call for a special election in conjunction with the city's upcoming general election.

Qualifying was held this week, and two men put their names into the hat - Dick Goodman and Winship E. Rees.

Before qualifying even began, Rispin had already let people know who she would cast her ballot for (that is, if she still lived in the city).

She endorsed Goodman, who has served on city committees and will be a citizen representative in the upcoming Engage Gwinnett study.

"He is insightful and has a good understanding of what we are trying to accomplish. In other words, he 'gets it,'" Rispin said in a press release. "I love Suwanee. It has been such an honor to serve for almost five terms. I am confident that Dick will act in the best interest of our citizens. I will feel a little bit better about leaving if he is elected to take my place.

While Suwanee's ballot is getting longer, Braselton's got a little shorter this week.

Jeremy K. Britt dropped out of the City Council race to replace Ralph Richardson Jr., who is running for mayor against Billy Orr.

"Local government affects our daily lives more than any other level of government and the people of Braselton deserve a public servant that will be able to serve diligently on the council," Britt said in an e-mail to the town clerk. "I have just recently been accepted into an advanced college degree program that will begin in January and my wife and I are expecting the birth of our second child in April. Due to these personal reasons, I do not feel that I would be able to invest the appropriate amount of devotion to the position that is required to serve the town of Braselton at this time. I appreciate your understanding and look forward to serving my community in the future."

Britt's withdrawal makes it a two-person council race. Voters will decide between Bill Greene and Peggy Slappey.

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.