POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Coleman endorses Suwanee incumbents

A state legislator has put his two cents into the Suwanee City Council race.

Rep. Brooks Coleman, a Duluth Republican who has served eight terms in the General Assembly and now heads the House Education Committee, endorsed incumbents Jace Brooks and Kevin McOmber.

"Suwanee has been named one of the top 10 cities in the country to live," Coleman said in a press release. "As I travel the state, I hear again and again that Suwanee is the envy of cities all over Georgia. Suwanee is great for a reason; it's great because of visionary leaders like Jace and Kevin. I ask the people of Suwanee to keep Suwanee great by re-electing Jace Brooks and Kevin McOmber on Nov. 3."

The release did not reveal Coleman's thoughts on the special election, also on Tuesday's ballots in Suwanee, where Dick Goodman and Winship Rees are campaigning to take the place of Jeannine Rispin, who resigned because she was moving out of the city after she married.

But Brooks and McOmber both said they were honored by Coleman's support.

"It is a testament to all the good things we have accomplished in Suwanee," Brooks said. "During my seven years on the City Council, new parks were built, green spaces were added, and we grew our police force to improve the safety of our neighborhoods. We did all this while keeping taxes low."

McOmber added, "When I was elected, I promised to provide the vision and leadership needed to ensure Suwanee remained one of the best cities in the country. I've kept my word, and I think Rep. Coleman can attest to that. With your support Nov. 3, I will continue to fight for fiscal responsibility by keeping spending and taxes low, enhancing public safety and protecting our stellar quality of life."

Town hall update

By the way, Sheriff Butch Conway will not participate in tonight's town hall meeting, sponsored by FreedomWorks and Citizens for Responsible Government, as was previously reported.

Conway is still recovering from back surgery, so his spokeswoman said he would not be able to participate in the event.

Chairman Charles Bannister is still expected to serve on the panel, where residents will be given a chance to sound off on the latest tax increase proposal.

If you were wondering where the sheriff stands on the issue, in the past, he has said a tax increase is the best option over cutting his already lean department.

The forum is set for 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

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