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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Commission races could become nonpartisan

For more than a decade, the races for Gwinnett's commission seats have been much more contentious in the primary than in the general election.

In fact, at times, the races have been decided in the summer because there was no Democrat to face the winner of the Republican primary.

Soon, party politics could be a thing of the past in local races, with a bill in the hopper at the General Assembly that would make county commission races non-partisan.

Party plays no part on city elections here, other than candidates who choose to bring up their affiliations. But now Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, is proposing that county office elections be nonpartisan.

The move, which would impact commissioners, sheriffs, district attorneys, clerks of court, solicitors general and tax commissioners, is supported by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia. It would mirror a law that allows local officials to designate whether school board members and probate court judges run in primaries.

In Gwinnett, school board members take part in primaries, but judicial races are nonpartisan.

"The issues that county elected officials deal with center around the health, safety and welfare of a community," ACCG Executive Director Ross King said. "Choosing the best form of government to manage those matters should be left up to the local leaders. We appreciate Rep. Peake's initiative to advance this conversation under the Gold Dome."Tele town hallCongressman Rob Woodall has his final telephone town hall of 2012 tonight.

Constituents of Woodall's 7th Congressional District, which includes portions of Gwinnett and all of Barrow, as well as other areas, can call a toll free number at 7 p.m. to participate.

The number is 877-229-8493 with a passcode of 17849.

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.

Comments

ACC12_SEC13Booster 2 years, 9 months ago

This could only mean one thing: That the Republicans in total control of Georgia politics have screwed up so badly that they are now hated almost just as much as Democrats.

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kevin 2 years, 9 months ago

If the news media would print more info on each candidate, we would be able to make a better decision on voting. As for me, I make it a policy never to re-elect and you will never have this crooked politician situation anymore. 4 yrs and out. They won't have time to get a pension or rub shoulders with all the crooks giving them under-the-table money. I sure wish everyone would do that. Maybe the people will be able to take back its government if we all did this.

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R 2 years, 8 months ago

"The issues that county elected officials deal with center around the health, safety and welfare of a community," ACCG Executive Director Ross King said. "Choosing the best form of government to manage those matters should be left up to the local leaders."

Residents, we pay for the training of our commissioners each year a.long with a membership fee to ACCG. Based on the quote above, how did we get into the staduim build and airport expansion projects in the first place? Either the commissioners failed the training or the course is flawed - either way we need some or all of our monies back.

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