POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Costa receives Tea Party award

Chairman candidate Will Costa said he has been honored by the State of Georgia Tea Party for his lifelong commitment to honest government.

The George Washington Honesty in Government Award is given to candidates that best embrace an understanding of our Founding Father principles of limited and honest government, according to a press release.

“The only legitimate function of government is to protect the freedom and liberty of the people,” Costa said in a written statement. “This is especially true of state and county governments, because these political entities are the most important to guarantee our freedom and individual liberty. Most citizens focus on the federal government apparatus, but county government touches the citizen far more intimately than the federal government.

“Gwinnett County is a large taxing authority that maintains dominion over your health and welfare in your home. We must control the growth of county government and nurture freedom and liberty at the grassroots level to truly achieve freedom and liberty.”

Costa said he received an “A++” rating for his pledge of honest government.

Two more candidate forums scheduled

In addition to the forum at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lilburn City Hall, Gwinnett residents will have at least two other times to hear the candidates in the chairman’s race.

Will Costa, a Libertarian from Lilburn, and Republicans Larry Gause of Tucker, Duane Kissel of Snellville and Charlotte Nash of Dacula are vying to fill the unexpired term of former Chairman Charles Bannister, who resigned in October to avoid indictment on a perjury charge.

The Gwinnett PTAs, the Gwinnett League of Women Voters and the AAUW of Georgia will sponsor a forum for the four candidates from 7 to 9 p.m. March 3 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center auditorium, located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.

The co-sponsoring organizations are seeking questions from a variety of civic and community groups to pose to the candidates. Organizations and individuals may also submit questions through Monday to RebeccaArea3@GwinnettPTA.org. The forum will also include questions from the audience.

“To a huge extent, the Board of Commissioners determines the quality of life for us in Gwinnett County,” said Rebecca Branstetter, legislation and advocacy chair for Georgia PTA District 12, which includes all of Gwinnett County. “And the Commission Chair, as the only full-time position on the Board, really sets the tone for how responsive and responsible our elected county government will be to its constituents.

“This is an extremely important election, and the PTA, the League of Women Voters and the AAUW want to give voters another opportunity to be well informed when they make this crucial decision at the ballot box on March 15.”

Another forum, hosted by the Council for Quality Growth and the Gwinnett Chamber, is scheduled from 4 to 5:30 p.m. March 8 in the Education Room of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, 6500 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

The candidates will participate in a panel discussion moderated by Randy Travis of Fox 5 TV.

Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, visit qgi.wufoo.com/forms/gwinnett-candidate-chairman-forum/.

Rice seeking to incorporate Peachtree Corners

State Rep. Tom Rice, R-Norcross, filed a notice this week announcing his intention to introduce a bill to incorporate Peachtree Corners.

If the legislation passes, Peachtree Corners will become Gwinnett’s 16th city.

Heather Darenberg is filling in while Camie Young is on maternity leave. To submit items for Political Notebook, e-mail heather.darenberg@gwinnettdailypost.com

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