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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Snellville candidate to participate in K-9 demonstration

Camie Young

Camie Young

This is one of the most, uh, gutsy campaign tactics I've ever heard of.

Dave Emanuel, a candidate for Snellville's City Council, actually plans to be attacked by a police K-9.

A recent graduate of the Citizens Police Academy, Emanuel volunteered to be the target of a K-9 demonstration during the city's National Night Out Against Crime event, scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The demonstration will be on the town green, in front of City Hall.

Emaneul will be wearing a bite suit.

"I hear that politics is a dog-eat-dog business, so I decided to get some first-hand experience," Emanuel said in a press release. "The Snellville Police Department does an outstanding job serving the city's citizens, but I think a lot of people aren't aware of the depth and breadth of the department. Having a private citizen participate in the K-9 demonstration is an excellent opportunity to bring increased recognition to a very deserving department -- particularly the K-9 officers and their handlers."

Heard welcomes

grandson

Commissioner John Heard is a grandfather.

Heard's daughter Jill gave birth at 8:48 p.m. July 23 to Barrett Thomas Harris.

The boy, born at Northside Hospital, made his entrance a month sooner than expected and weighed 4 pounds, 14 ounces and was 17 inches long.

As of Tuesday, when commissioners congratulated Heard at a public hearing, mom had come home from the hospital, but baby was spending time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

"We're calling him 'Bear,'" Heard said, although he did not return a phone call Friday seeking the spelling of the nickname for the tenacious and hairy baby named Barrett. "Little Bear seemed appropriate."

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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