CLINE: We'll help you keep up with race for BOC chair

The race to fill the chairman’s seat for the Board of Commissioners started in earnest Monday night as the four candidates gathered in public for the first time. The occasion was a candidate forum hosted by the Gwinnett GOP and the turnout was good, with about 200 people in attendance at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

In my opinion, that’s a pretty good crowd, underscoring the importance of the race. Gwinnett residents want someone to step up and lead the county, and they want to make an informed decision on who that will be.

While a crowd of a couple hundred people isn’t bad for a forum like this, it’s still a very small sampling of voters who will decide who will succeed Charles Bannister as chairman of the BOC. It would be crazy to think events like this would draw a lot more than that. It’s a busy world, and even those more than interested in the race likely find it hard to attend.

But attendance at a debate or forum shouldn’t be confused with being informed. And that’s where the Daily Post can help. Our paper will be covering the race between Will Costa, Larry Gause, Duane Kissel and Charlotte Nash through its conclusion on March 15. We’ll cover the candidates, the issues and the debates, helping readers make the most educated decision.

The next forum is scheduled for Feb. 15 and will be hosted by The Alliance of Concerned Citizens of Old Peachtree. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at The Bridge Community Church, located on Braselton Highway between Old Peachtree Road and Gravel Springs Road. Candidates will provide introductory information and then respond to residents’ questions.

This is another good chance to learn more about the candidates and where they stand on the issues. But for those who can’t attend, we’ll cover the event and keep you updated on the race and what happens between now and then. You can read stories about the chairman’s race in the printed edition, and we’ll provide you with an easy way to keep up with all the stories online at www.gwinnettdailypost.com by providing a chairman’s race section containing all stories pertinent to the race.

As this important race moves forward, you deserve to be as educated as possible in your choice. And our reports on the candidates and issues will help facilitate that.

E-mail Todd Cline at todd.cline@gwinnettdailypost.com. His column appears on Wednesdays. For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/toddcline.