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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Norcross mayor endorses Carter

Camie Young

Camie Young

Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson has cast his support to Liz Carter in the upcoming District 4 Congressional race.

In a press release, Johnson said he endorsed the Republican in her pursuit for U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson's seat because of her interest in the city, support for small business and vision for a comprehensive transportation plan to spur economic growth.

"Liz Carter is the candidate who will best serve the people of Norcross," Bucky Johnson said. "She's very concerned with bringing jobs to the community and is eager to work with local government."

With two days left to qualify, one other Republican, Larry Gause, has filed paperwork to run. Democrats include Hank Johnson, Vernon Jones and Connie Stokes.

"Norcross is thriving community that has been blatantly ignored by the incumbent," Carter said. "Not only is Norcross is a great place to live and work, but the new Lillian Webb Park in the Historic District also makes it a wonderful place to play. Mayor Johnson has demonstrated his commitment to the people and businesses of Norcross and the city deserves a Congressional Representative who shares that commitment. I look forward to working with Mayor Johnson on his continued economic improvement efforts."

Hats in the ring

Here's an update on the rest of qualifying.

So far, four people have filed paperwork for 7th Congressional District: Clay Cox, Ronnie Grist, Jody Hice and Tom Parrott.

In the state Senate, the only local battle at this point is for Dan Weber's 40th District seat. With Weber stepping down, Republicans Jim Duffie, Fran Millar and James Sibold filed paperwork.

There will be several battles for the House, most notably for District 102 and 104.

For Cox's Lilburn based-102, four Republicans have signed up -- Steve Allen, Linda Carsten, B.J. Pak and Keith Royal.

So far, incumbent Democrat Lee Thompson hasn't drawn a primary challenger for his Lawrenceville-based District 104, but three Republicans have entered the race -- Valerie Clark, Timothy Swiney and Gary Webb.

In the Republican primary, long-serving incumbent Tom Rice is being challenged by Neal Towey for District 51, while newcomers Josh Clark and Wayne Hill will battle it out for District 98. District 103 incumbent David Casas will face Steve Ramey.

Democratic showdowns will happen in District 88, where Simone Joye is challenging incumbent Billy Mitchell, and District 96, where Brian Mock is challenging Pedro Marin.

For District 95, Republican Rodney Upton and Democrat Pam Dickerson have filed paperwork.

With incumbents expected to leave, Buzz Brockway signed up for District 101 and Brett Harrell qualified to run for District 106.