POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: McClain, Korom announce commission campaigns

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.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/politics.


taw 3 years, 10 months ago

Mike Korum would be a valuable addition to the county government. I have known Mike for eight years and found him to be a straight forward and moral man. We need more representation of his kind in our government.


rschnei361 3 years, 10 months ago

With the release of the Briscoe Field RFP’s by the County last week, the BOC showed no regards to the IMG consultants study the taxpayers paid for. This shows the present Commissioners are out of touch with the taxpayers of Gwinnett County. Even Gwinnett DOT director Kim Conroy admitted they were only doing what the BOC instructed them to do in releasing the RFP. Mike Korom is an honest candidate that cares about Gwinnett and will do what’s best for the County taxpayer and has no ties to the special interest groups in Gwinnett County. It is time to clean house in the County and vote the incumbents out, the old way of doing business has to go!


SuxBeanU 3 years, 10 months ago

As a BOC commissioner, Laurie McClain can be counted on to work diligently and with passion to execute the desires of her constituents.....the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce. Her unwavering support for all things that the Chamber promotes is proof positive that she would NOT represent the Gwinnett County Taxpayers. If you wish to have the County run from Sugarloaf Parkway, Laurie is your gal, however, if you believe that the County should be run from Langley Drive, you better look elsewhere. Just to remind everyone, Laurie McClain was one of the early and vocal supporters of the privatization and commercialization of Briscoe Field. Laurie McClain can be found on the Fly Gwinnett Forward website extolling the virtues of the privatization and commercialization of Briscoe Field. Gwinnett County taxpayers need someone on the BOC that represents and supports the taxpayers wishes, not the wishes of some unelected group of "good old boys".


Heart2HeartPetCare 3 years, 10 months ago

A vote for Mike Korom as a District 3 Commissioner would be the best way to express support for a well-deserved candidate who cares and supports what the Gwinnett County taxpayers want - Say no to privatization and say no to commercialization of Briscoe Field and cast your vote for Mike.


R 3 years, 10 months ago

Better stress his LAST name on all items...


Coolray 3 years, 10 months ago

Every incumbent commission should be defeated. Go back and read the grand jury report if you need to know why.


BufordGuy 3 years, 10 months ago

All I know is whoever runs against Beaudreau will get my support. I'd sure prefer someone locally born and raised, though. I will give money and time to put that joker down the road. Oberholtzer is a good guy but he's too tight with Beaudreau. If Beaudreau jumps to a state race, I will support whoever opposes him there. He needs to be out of politics at any level.


nicholson 3 years, 10 months ago

I will vote for anyone who runs against Beaudreau. He has shown himself to be extremely thin skinned to absolutely any criticism, arrogant and self absorbed. If he thinks the voters in his district have forgotten about his role in the garbage plan, he better think twice. I would not vote for him under any circumstances, regardless of what position he runs for.


Cleanupguy 3 years, 10 months ago

Not much to choose from yet for District 1. With overseers Bannister and Oxendine off the map Lasseter could be replaced by a doorstop, and Laurie McClain appears to come with her own set of Samsonites. I'm curious as to who her backer was on the Egnage Gwinnett puppet squad and whose pockets will be lined on the airport deal. By definition she is not interested in constituent citizen interests by being way too interested in a debacle (the airport) outside of her desired District.


kevin 3 years, 9 months ago

vote all the current board out, including the chairman. Vote but never re-elect. This is our chance to take our county back to do what the people want done here. These commissioners just do not listen or could care less about how we want things done. Vote all these new people in or suffer 4 more yrs of consequences. They are always letting us know that they know better. All these meetings are useless because they already have their minds made up on an issue beforehand. amen.


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