POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Howard thanks voters for runoff win

With the runoff out of the way, commission candidate Lynette Howard has turned her eyes to November, when she will face Democrat Robert Lee Byars.

Howard defeated Keith Shewbert in the Republican primary runoff earlier this month in the race to replace Bert Nasuti in District 2.

"I was gratified at the response across District 2 to our 'clean' campaign," Howard said in a statement. "We took the high road and our grassroots effort grew and grew as people responded to both our message and our manners. I think the negative smear tactics backfired because most people know that if you're talking about your opponent, you're not talking about what you want to do for the community.

"My roots are in volunteer home owner groups so I was accustomed to low budget, neighborhood-to-neighborhood efforts," said the former United Peachtree Corners Civic Association president. "I am humbly grateful for this show of confidence and want to thank the many, many volunteers who made this possible."

Johnson secures JCB money

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson announced he helped secure more than $2 million for area transportation projects, including some money for Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

According to a press release, $500,000 has been set aside to replace the existing Jimmy Carter bridge over Interstate 85, a future project that will widen the seven-lane bridge to 11 lanes.

"Traffic congestion has gotten so bad it's choking off our growth, our competitiveness and our quality of life," said Johnson, whose district includes parts of Norcross and Lilburn. "These investments will not only put people back to work, but will go a long way in helping us create sustainable, livable communities that will be better connected and more accessible."

The funds for the I-85 project are from the Federal Highway Administration, while money for the Federal Transit Administration includes projects for the Interstate 20 corridor and for the Atlanta BeltLine project.

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.