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POLITICS: Turnout very low for special election

Patrik Thompson

Patrik Thompson

This week, Gwinnett’s political junkies finally got what they have been waiting for — my return from maternity leave. Just kidding!

Of course, I’m referring to the long-awaited special election to replace Charles Bannister as commission chairman.

But it seems like few people other than those politicos bothered to vote.

Elections Director Lynn Ledford said the turnout was disappointing, especially with all of the work her staff puts into the project.

While she predicted a low turnout of 8 to 12 percent, having less than 20,000 ballots cast was “very, very surprising,” she said.

“I don’t think people realize these local political officials have such an impact on our daily lives,” she said.

Chamber of Commerce President Jim Maran said he is looking forward to working with Nash, praising her experience in a letter to members.

“The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce congratulates Charlotte Nash on her winning campaign to become Gwinnett County’s new chairman of the Board of Commissioners,” the e-mail said. “With a strong pro-business environment already in place, your regional Gwinnett Chamber looks to support its new government leader and the existing commission as they drive continued success for an overall superior quality of life in metro Atlanta’s largest local community.”

Usually at the beginning of the year, the Chamber has scheduled its annual State of the County address, now that the chairman has been selected. Nash will give the address at 11:30 a.m. May 18 at a Gwinnett Center event. For registration and more information, go to www.gwinnettchamber.org/events.

Senator dad

I’m not the only one who has had a little sleep deprivation the past two months.

State Sen. Curt Thompson, D-Tucker, is the proud papa of Patrik David Thompson.

Thompson and his wife Sascha welcomed the baby — their first — on Jan. 17.

Even with the General Assembly in session, Thompson didn’t have to miss a vote for the birth.

“Patrik chose to join us on MLK Day, so I did not miss anything except the parades,” he wrote in an e-mail.

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

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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