POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Meyer being recruited for chairman's race

Camie Young

Camie Young

A political adviser has tossed a new name into the Gwinnett chairman's race, and she already has some momentum.

Don Burrell, president of Southern Outreach/Washington Political Group, is encouraging Tax Commissioner Katherine Meyer to go for the position, which will be decided in a March special election after the resignation of Charles Bannister earlier this month.

"She's not even in the race yet, and she leads with 21 percent of vote (sic) even with a large number of undecided voters," Burrell wrote in an e-mail. "Beyond that, she has the experience to turn this county around."

The tax commissioner, previously known as Katherine Sherrington, came out with the most nods in a poll of more than 600 Gwinnettians, he said.

"I'm flattered. I'll give it some thought," Meyer, a Republican who has held her post since 1984, said in response to the poll.

Many local politicians have expressed interest in the job, including Suwanee Mayor Dave Williams, Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District Director Chuck Warbington and Gwinnett GOP Chairman Bruce LeVell. David Post, the president of a security company, said he will likely be in the race.

A qualifying period will be held at the beginning of December, with the special election scheduled for March 15.

Candidates sound off on successes

This week, candidates for Gwinnett's 7th Congressional District responded to separate stories as good news for the area.

Republican Rob Woodall extended congratulations to Gwinnett County Public Schools for being bestowed the Broad Prize, which will award $1 million in scholarships.

"I hope schools across our nation take a page out of Gwinnett's book by continuing to stress the importance of returning local control to our school systems," Woodall said. "A curriculum that is tailor-made to the needs of individual children in individual communities does not come from the bureaucrats in Washington, but from competent and receptive administrators in partnership with parents and teachers in their districts."

Doug Heckman, the Democrat in the upcoming Nov. 2 election, praised a landmark embryonic stem cell study being conducted at Shepherd Spinal Center.

"I believe that one can call themselves pro-life and still agree that embryonic stem cell research does not destroy human life," Heckman said, adding that the cells are ones that would be destroyed because they could not be used for fertility treatments. "I see great potential to alleviate suffering in people's lives with this new research. I want Georgia to attract the biomedical industry and be a part of these medical advances. In these times of economic hardship, we risk bringing significant high-paying scientific jobs to Georgia by opposing this form of stem cell research."

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.