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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Williams announces 2012 House run

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Camie Young

While much of the focus last week has been on the November's city elections taking shape, a local businessman announced a 2012 campaign for a newly redrawn House seat.

Mark Williams, who has been involved in the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District for years, said he last week will seek the Republican nomination for House District 96. The Norcross and Duluth area district is represented by Democrat Pedro Marin, one of the first Hispanic elected officials in the state.

"Gwinnett needs to elect more legislators who are primarily focused on fixing the problems in our county, not playing partisan politics," said Williams, a lifelong Duluth resident who owns Printing Trade Company with his brother Mike. "I have a proven record of being effective for our community, and believe that it's time to elect more effective leaders."

Williams has been chairman of the CID board and president of the Cardinal Lake homeowners association, as well as chairing committees of Duluth Fall Festival and on the board of directors of the Duluth Merchants Association and Norcross Business Association. He is a co-founder of the Foster Children's Foundation and a charter member of Duluth Civitan.

"Throughout our nation and our state we can see the demand for new, more effective representation," Williams said. "And there is no place better to making that change than here at home."

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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