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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Homebuilder Bowen re-elected to DOT board

Leaders tapped a homebuilder to once again serve as the county's representative on the State Transportation Board.

Rudy Bowen, of Duluth, was unanimously re-elected by local legislators from the 7th Congressional District, which includes most of Gwinnett County, all of Barrow and Walton and portions of Newton and Forsyth counties.

"It has been an honor to serve the 7th Congressional District these past three years and I am very appreciative of the caucus' confidence," Bowen said, following his election in the Senate Chambers of the State Capitol. "I am committed to being communicative with all legislators and elected officials, as well as their constituents. These are challenging and important times for transportation in the state of Georgia."

Bowen, who currently serves as board vice chairman, has been a member of the DOT board since 2007. The owner of Bowen Family Homes served on the Gwinnett Airport Authority, the county Board of Appeals and as board member for several banks.

Conway endorses Carter for Congress

A Republican congressional candidate has Sheriff Butch Conway's endorsement.

Liz Carter, who has challenged Democrat Hank Johnson in the U.S. House District 4 race, received Gwinnett's popular sheriff's support earlier this week.

"Liz Carter is fully aware of the daily challenges faced on the frontlines of keeping our homes and businesses safe," Conway said. "I know that she understands the ever-changing role of public safety personnel at all levels. I am confident that she will work harder than anyone as our next Representative to give us the support we need to better serve our communities."

While many Democrats have stepped up to challenge Johnson since revelations last year that he battles Hepatitis C, Carter is the sole Repubican. Conway, who has served as Gwinnett's sheriff for more than a decade, is also a Republican.

"Sheriff Conway is a model representative of what law enforcement is all about -- a commitment to excellence in serving and protecting all," Carter said. "I am also encouraged by his leadership in implementing the 287(g) program to expedite the deportation of criminal illegal aliens, which has been a real problem in our area.

"I have pledged my support to all of our local public safety personnel to be their loudest voice and their dependable advocate in Washington," she added. "I am serious about supporting law enforcement and bringing an end to criminal behavior in all of our communities. Further, having real, sustainable job growth will help lower crime and create stronger families in the long run. Sheriff Conway understands that, and I'm proud to have his support for our campaign."

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.