It's a few weeks before 2012, but the campaigns are growing each day.
Last week, two people entered commission races.
Laurie McClain, a local accountant, is seeking the District 1 seat, and Mike Korom, a Dacula homeowner advocate, is in the race for District 3.
McClain held a campaign kickoff Friday at her Suwanee office.
"Now more than ever, Gwinnett County residents must have confidence that their commissioners are strong business leaders demanding financial accountability for their tax dollars," McClain said. "I am ready to immediately address those needs by protecting and promoting the interests of our taxpayers. We can work together to overcome all the former problems and focus on doing what is right for our families."
McClain became involved in county issues as a member of the Engage Gwinnett committee several years ago. She currently serves on the Gwinnett Water and Sewerage Authority and has worked for two years as a citizen advisor to the county chairman during the budget process.
According to a press release, she has been involved in two different homeowner association boards and was the 2007 Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year, as well as a graduate of Leadership Gwinnett.
"We need real experience in corporate finance and commerce to help boost our county's standing as an economic development powerhouse," McClain said. "I have the professional background and personal commitment to help small businesses and large employers to grow, add to our tax base and bring more jobs to Gwinnett County."
Suwanee City Councilman Jace Brooks has also announced a run for the District 1 seat held by Shirley Lasseter.Korom launches District 3 campaignFor Korom, the ethical issues that have plagued Gwinnett's government in the past few years have caused him to reach beyond the Apalachee Farms homeowners association, where he serves as president.
The Dacula man said he wants to see trustworthy people at the county's helm.
He began digging into county issues with the proposal to privatize Gwinnett's Briscoe Field.
"I'm definitely opposed to the privatization and expansion," he said, drawing a contrast to incumbent Mike Beaudreau, who has pushed for proposals to study the idea. "This is not a time to be moving into this type of thing because it would go back to the taxpayers if it's not successful. ... I just don't think that in these economic times that it makes good sense to take that risk."
Korom, a father of two, works in automotive equipment sales.
He has planned a Dec. 15 meet and greet in conjunction with the Toys for Tots campaign. The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Del Rio in Dacula.
He also has pledged to donate his first three months' salary as a county commissioner to the Gwinnett Children's Shelter.
While a decision has not been announced, Beaudreau is considered a potential candidate for an open state House seat.
Jerry Oberholtzer, who left office as Snellville mayor last month, is also a potential candidate for the District 3 commission seat.
Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.
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