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Shewbert enters District 2 race

NORCROSS -- Former Norcross Councilman Keith Shewbert became the fourth person to enter the District 2 commission race this week.

Shewbert, who was a founding board member of the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District and current chairman of the Gwinnett Village Community Alliance, announced he would seek the commission seat being vacated by Bert Nasuti this year.

"My campaign will be a positive and progressive discussion of ideas to revitalize, redevelop and improve the quality of life across the second district and throughout Gwinnett County," Shewbert said in a press release. "District 2 is the most diverse district, economically and ethnically in Gwinnett. We have mature suburban neighborhoods, small towns, industrial and office parks, as well as redevelopment areas. Our citizens hail from around the globe. Issues important to one community may be less pressing to another. I promise to represent all the people of the second district and to work to make it the best place to live in the Atlanta region."

Shewbert, who gave up his council seat for an unsuccessful bid for a state House seat, owns the 45 South Cafe in downtown Norcross.

He is the third Republican to enter the race, facing Peachtree Corners residents Jose Perez and Lynette Howard, who both serve on the county Planning Commission, on July primary ballots. Robert Byars is running as a Democrat.

"Gwinnett is transitioning from a development centric suburban community to a more mature regional job-center," Shewbert said. "We need to bring innovation to county government in order to deliver services better, faster, and cheaper. We need to redevelop areas in South Gwinnett, particularly along the I-85 corridor. We need to attract and grow our job base by reducing the cost and complexity of doing business.

"As an outsider to county politics I hope to champion new ideas, to foster a culture of transparency and innovation, and to bring more community voices into the search for solutions."