While the chairman’s race garnered six candidates, there were a few people who were expected to throw their names in the hat who decided against a campaign.
Here are a couple of the explanations we received. For the record, no one mentioned the low salary that has drawn criticism as a reason for skipping the race.
Commissioner Mike Beaudreau said he very seriously considered a run to replace Charles Bannister, his political rival who resigned to avoid indictment in October.
But the District 3 commissioner learned he would have to resign from office, and he was not willing to do that, especially since the commission is already down to three members after the suspension of indicted Commissioner Kevin Kenerly.
Without Beaudreau, the county could not even host a meeting in December because there would no longer be a quorum. In January, Commissioner Shirley Lasseter would be left with two brand new commissioners to keep the county on track through the March election or possibly an April runoff.
“There was no way I was putting the county in that kind of lurch,” Beaudreau said.
He said the candidates that came forward this week are “an interesting variety of folks,” but so far he’s most excited about former County Administrator Charlotte Nash, whose experience is “something we sorely need.”
(By the way, Beaudreau will host his 72nd consecutive Meetings with Mike, a monthly event to talk to constituents. This Saturday’s meeting, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Mountain Park Aquatic Center.)
David Post, the president of a security company, is backing Nash in the race as well. He decided to drop his own campaign to support his fellow Rotarian.
“As county chairman, it is imperative that issues be resolved quickly, that changes and direction begin immediately and that a cohesion be developed in short order,” he wrote in an e-mail. “While I feel that I am the best long-term candidate to serve the county as its chairman, I also feel it would take me some extra time to do this. I believe the county and its residents do not have the luxury of giving me that time.”
Lilburn honored with resolution
A resolution passed in Congress this week honoring Lilburn during its centennial celebration. The resolution, offered by U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Atlanta, proclaims July 27 as Lilburn Day in the 4th Congressional District.
“If you’ve ever been to Lilburn, you know it’s a special place,” Johnson said from the House floor. “It took smart, progressive planning by city leaders and an engaged, informed citizenry to become the city it is today. Congratulations Lilburn!”
Mayor Diana Preston said she plans to display the resolution at City Hall.
“We know we’re a small town, but having this official recognition from Congress makes a big difference,” Preston said.
Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.