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.
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