POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Local legislators back Romney for president; Bender picks up endorsements

Three Gwinnett legislators are supporting Mitt Romney for president.

Last week, state Sen. Fran Millar and Rep. B.J. Pak joined Rep. Valerie Clark in endorsing the former Massachussetts governor, who is seeking the Republican nomination for president.

"I am proud to support Mitt Romney for president. He is the only candidate with both the conservative record and plan to get our economy on the right track again," said Millar, whose district includes the Peachtree Corners community. "After three years, it is clear that we cannot afford to elect a president without experience working in the economy. Mitt Romney will bring the skills of a successful businessman and governor to help fix our economy. With his leadership in Washington, I have no doubt that we will be able to reverse the failures of the last three years and get Americans working again."

Millar endorsed Romney in 2008, too.

"It is clear that President Obama's liberal policies are not helping Georgians or the rest of the country," said Pak, R-Lilburn. "Mitt Romney has a record of leadership as a conservative businessman and as a governor who was able to cut taxes and spending. He knows that we need those conservative principles in the White House if we are to turn around the economy that is why Georgians will support his effort to defeat President Obama."

The men join a growing list of Georgians to support Romney, including Attorney General Sam Olens and former State House Speaker Mark Burkhalter.

"It's an honor to receive the support of these great Georgians," Mitt Romney said in a release. "They share my vision for reduced government spending and regulation in order to get the economy moving again. I'm looking forward to working with them to bring my message to all Georgians."

Speaking of presidential candidates, remember that the first of the 7th District GOP presidential town hall meetings will be held Wednesday.

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich will appear at 6 p.m. the Gwinnett Place Marriott.

The day before, on Tuesday, the Gwinnett GOP will host its second town hall meeting, this one for southern Gwinnett. It will be held at 7 p.m. at Snellville City Hall.Bender endorsed by Everson, HowardThat leads us to Snellville, where mayoral candidate Barbara Bender picked up two endorsements two weeks before the Nov. 8 election.

Former state Rep. Melvin Everson is backing Bender in the race against Kelly Kautz.

"I have known and worked with Barbara for years, and I am proud to endorse her for mayor," said Everson, who is also a former councilman. "Barbara has proven herself as a visionary leader with the ability to get the job done for the people of Snellville. Through her vision, leadership and hard work, she has accomplished great things for the city, and I know she will continue that record as mayor. Barbara has my vote, and I encourage all Snellville residents to support her as well."

Bender thanked Everson.

"He has done great things for Snellville, and I am proud to have his support," she said in a release. "With the support of the citizens of Snellville, I will continue providing visionary leadership to move Snellville forward."

Bender also has the backing of Bobby Howard, who is unopposed on the Nov. 8 ballot to replace her on the council.

"I am supporting Barbara Bender for mayor of Snellville because she has exhibited time after time the leadership skills to make the tough and reasoned decisions needed to continue moving Snellville in a positive direction," Howard said in a separate release. "She understands that it will take a team of independent thinking council members working as a cohesive unit to keep the city of Snellville moving forward into the future. I look forward to being a part of that team."

In his release, the councilman-elect talked about diving into his future role, meeting with city staff to learn more about the operations.

Howard has toured city facilities and parks and attended orientation courses as well as enrolled in the Citizen's Police Academy.

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

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