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POLITICS: Bowen re-elected chair of transportation board

A Gwinnett businessman was once again elected to head the Georgia State Transportation Board.

Rudy Bowen, who retired from Bowen Family Homes, was re-elected as chairman of the board for the next year.

"I'm honored," Bowen said in a press release. "I think we've made real progress on transportation in Georgia in the past year and I look forward to even more accomplishments in the coming year and beyond. This is a very good board doing very important work for the people of this state."

Bowen was elected to the 13-member board in 2007. He is now serving his second, five-year term.

Johnny Floyd of Cordele was re-elected as the board's vice-chair.

Harris hosts fundraiser

Event though she hasn't drawn any competition yet, Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris kicked off her re-election work with a fundraiser this week.

Harris raised about $5,000 at the event at the Payne-Corley House, said local attorney Matt Reeves, her campaign treasurer.

About 100 people attended the event, including state Rep. Brooks Coleman and civic leaders Kathryn Willis and Kay Montgomery, who spoke in support of Harris' re-election.

Harris was elected mayor in 2007, and served as the vice-chair of the Gwinnett Municipal Association. She is up for re-election in November.

Reapportionment

hearings

Locals have two more chances to take a part in the legislative and congressional reapportionment process.

The final two public hearings before joint House and Senate committees will be held this week.

On Tuesday, the committee will be at the Hosch Theater at Brenau University in Gainesville, and on Thursday, the hearing will be held at the LeCraw Auditorium at the Georgia Tech College of Management in Atlanta.

Both hearings will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information about the hearings, log onto www.legis.ga.gov, then click on the link to the Joint Webpage for the House and Senate Reapportionment Committees.

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

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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