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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Candidates name supporters as primary elections near

The campaign teams are shaping up for two local men running for office.

Last week, both House candidate Brett Harrell and Commission candidate John Heard made announcements about their teams for the upcoming primary.

Harrell created a list of more than 100 community leaders and elected officials who vowed to support, volunteer or endorse him in his District 106 race.

His "Less Talk, More Action Leadership Team" includes business and civic leaders, including former and current council members from Snellville, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Grayson, Suwanee, Sugar Hill and Norcross, along with contacts from his time as director of the Evermore Community Improvement District. The list includes state Reps. Stephen Allison, Melvin Everson, Charlice Byrd, David Casas, Mike Coan, Clay Cox, Billy Horne, Mike Jacobs, Jerry Keen, Tom Rice, Len Walker and Mark Williams, former Reps. Don Butler and Gene Callaway, Mayors Bucky Johnson, Jerry Oberholtzer and Gary Pirkle, Cobb Chairman Sam Olens, Gwinnett Commissioner Mike Beaudreau and Newton Commissioner Tim Fleming.

"It is a clear statement of the growing strength and momentum for our effort to continue providing solid, conservative leadership at the state Capitol," said Harrell, Snellville's former mayor. "These supporters are ready to stop the talk and political spin of those simply seeking power. They want a leader who will actually deliver. That is why I am running and that is why we are asking you to join us in support."

Heard had previously named former District 4 commission candidate Butch Poss as his campaign chairman. Last week, he added Jim Elgar as campaign manager and John Davis to lead his online network. Christopher Harris will serve as a liaison to the Chamber of Commerce.

"I am excited to announce my campaign team that brings experience, energy and a clear understanding of the back-to-basics government we need," said Heard, who has previously served as a state House member. "I have a track record of proven, effective leadership from my time serving in the state House, as well as in my 30 years as a small businessman. I look forward to continuing my service to the citizens of Gwinnett."

Gwinnett judge chosen for board position

Gov. Sonny Perdue chose a Gwinnett County judge to serve on the Board of Commissioners of the Magistrates' Retirement Fund of Georgia.

George F. Hutchinson III, 46, of Lawrenceville, was named to the position last week.

Hutchinson is the chief magistrate of Gwinnett. He also serves as chairman of the Criminal Justice Information Systems program for Gwinnett County and is his court's representative on the Child Abuse Protocol Committee and the Child Fatality Review Committee. He is a member of the board of directors of Annandale Village and is the president of the Lawrenceville Kiwanis Club.

According to a press release, Hutchinson earned a bachelor's degree from Guilford College and a law degree from Emory University School of Law. He and his wife, Julie, have two children.

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.