POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: 2 chairman candidate debates set



If you were unable to attend the forum in January, the candidates in the special election for Gwinnett County Commission chairman will participate in two more this month.

The first is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at The Bridge Community Church, 2026 Braselton Highway, Buford. The event is sponsored by the Alliance of Concerned Citizens of Old Peachtree.

The Lilburn Woman’s Club is also sponsoring a forum, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 22 at Lilburn City Hall, 76 Main St. N.W. Community members can e-mail questions or concerns to February22Forum@comcast.net.

The candidates in the March 15 special election are Republicans Larry Gause of Tucker, Gerald Duane Kissel of Snellville and Charlotte Nash of Dacula and Libertarian Will Costa of Lilburn.

Remember, the last day to register to vote in the special election is Monday.

Woodall’s February town hall meetings scheduled

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville, has four town hall meetings scheduled this month:

• 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Walton County Government Building, 303 S. Hammond Drive, Monroe

• 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Barrow County Administrative Annex, 233 E. Broad St., Winder

• 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Buford City Hall, 2300 Buford Highway, Buford

• 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center Auditorium, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville

Harrell appointed subcommittee chair

The Committee on Assignments recently announced House committee assignments for the 2011-12 term of the Georgia General Assembly.

State Rep. Brett Harrell, R-Snellville, was appointed to the Regulated Industries, Transportation, and Information and Audits committees. Rep. Steve Davis, R-McDonough, chairman of the Information and Audits Committee, subsequently named Harrell chairman of the General Government Subcommittee.

The Information and Audits Committee maintains administrative oversight over the Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts and is responsible for maintaining House Journals. The Georgia Department of Audits and Accounts audits the administration of state, county and city governments.

Additionally, Rep. Jay Roberts, R-Ocilla, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, placed Harrell on the Ports and Local Government Subcommittee.

The House Transportation Committee handles legislation dealing with Georgia’s Department of Transportation and their operations. The committee also deals with legislation regarding Georgia’s roads and infrastructure.

“I am honored and deeply appreciative to Speaker Ralston and the Committee on Assignments for allowing me to serve the citizens of District 106 and our state as a member of these important committees,” Harrell said. “I look forward to working with each committee chairman to improve the environment for all citizens and help businesses in Georgia to flourish.”

Sens. co-sponsor Taxpayer Protection Act

State Sens. David Shafer, R-Duluth, and Fran Millar, R-Atlanta, have co-sponsored Senate Resolution 20, the Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011.

The proposed Constitutional amendment would limit how many tax dollars the state of Georgia can spend in any given year.

“The voters have made it clear that government spends too much. This measure takes us in the right direction,” Shafer said. “The amendment would protect the taxpayer and make sure that we live within our means and put aside excess revenue in a rainy day fund.”

Heather Darenberg is filling in while Camie Young is on maternity leave. E-mail her at heather.darenberg@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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