POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Heard gets backing of former competitors

John Heard has the backing of three former competitors in the upcoming Tuesday runoff.

In Tuesday's match-up, the former state representative will face Tim Sullivan for the GOP nod, since the two were the top vote-getters in last month's primary.

The three men who were also on primary ballot, Tommy Hunter, Gerald Cagle and Ron Silver, endorsed Heard.

"Just as I have with every major decision in my life, I have weighed the pros and cons of the choices and spent a goodly portion of time praying about it," Hunter said before casting his support to Heard. "I am doing so because I know John has had some dealings with these major issues in his past political career so he is well aware of the importance of these issues and what they mean to our future success and vitality."

Hunter said he believes the top issues for the county are water, transportation and the government budget, while the other two had other top priorities.

Cagle said the main issues in his campaign were airport expansion and eliminating freedom of choice from trash collection, and that caused him to support Heard.

For Silver, the issues are property tax reform, "one language only," and the trash issue. "John Heard is willing to work toward achieving these goals," he said.

Woodall endorsed by Price

Rob Woodall has another congressman on his side.

In his race to succeed U.S. Rep. John Linder in the 7th Congressional District, Woodall got support this week from U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Marietta.

"Rob's passion for service is unquestioned. His talent and tenacity contributed to Congressman Linder's success," Price said of Linder's former chief of staff. "He will bring the same commitment to conservative principles and individual freedom when he represents the people of the 7th District. We need principled leaders like Rob who can be effective champions for our conservative vision, who are ready to get to work immediately to put our nation back on a course to prosperity, and who will offer conservative alternatives to the liberal agenda. Rob is a leader with the courage to do what is right for Georgia families."

Tea party groups plan rally for Hice

Woodall's competitor in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff will be subject of a rally Friday.

Jody Hice, a former minister and radio commentator, has the endorsement of several local tea party groups, all of which are combining to host the event, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville.

The tea party groups, which stand for limited government, fiscal responsibility and free markets, include the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots, Barrow County Tea Party, Four Corners Tea party, Gwinnett Tea Party, Newton County Tea Party and Walton County Tea Party Patriots.

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