Conway endorses Cox for Congress

Camie Young

Camie Young

Sheriff Butch Conway has now made his wishes known in both of Gwinnett's congressional races.

The popular lawman endorsed state Rep. Clay Cox for the race to replace John Linder, just two weeks in the making.

"Clay Cox has proven to be invaluable to Gwinnett's law enforcement community with his service in the state House," Conway said. "He has been a fighter for public safety and a good friend. I know he will be a strong conservative voice in Congress."

After endorsing Republican Liz Carter in the race for the District 4 seat currently held by Hank Johnson, Conway's choice in the District 7 race leaves out another popular Gwinnett politician, long-serving Sen. Don Balfour, who is chairman of the powerful Senate Rules Committee.

Also in the GOP battle slated for July 20 is Walton County businessman Tom Kirby.

After Linder's surprise retirement announcement, all of the players may not be in the race, although former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed said Wednesday he would not seek the post.

"Obviously, I am thrilled that Sheriff Conway is on board my campaign," Cox said. "I look forward to continuing to fight, shoulder to shoulder with him for improved public safety in Gwinnett and to stop the spending madness in Washington."

Recall meeting scheduled

With a deadline in a week to turn in the first 100 signatures of a planned recall petition, organizer Randy DeVault is having an organizational meeting this weekend.

DeVault, who restarted the recall process against Chairman Charles Bannister earlier this month, after commissioners voted on a controversial trash plan, is inviting people to come out to Bethesda Park between 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday.

The event will give fellow dissenters the opportunity to sign the application for recall, due March 18. For the application to be accepted, DeVault needs 100 signatures. If that goes through, another 127,000 signatures will be needed for a successful recall.

Organizers "hope to meet many of our fellow citizens who believe they have been overburdened with taxes and fees that they have not had any voice or representation in, before having them levied against them; causing undo harm," DeVault said in an e-mail. "So, please join us in showing our lack of trust in our leadership of Gwinnett County and support a positive change."

DeVault also announced that a Web site addressing the petition -- gwntrecall.com -- will have updates.

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Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.