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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Suwanee councilman to run for county commission

A Suwanee city councilman has kicked off his race for Gwinnett commission.

Jace Brooks, who has served on the council for nine years, plans to run for the District 1 seat, which has been redrawn to include Suwanee, Sugar Hill and Duluth.

He said he wants to bring the philosophies and qualities to the county that have kept Suwanee on a firm financial footing through the recession.

"Those include greater budgeting and financial discipline, enhanced operating efficiencies for all departments, and economic development and tax policies designed to expand the county's tax base, and thereby reduce the tax burden on individuals and families, and most importantly, trust in government," Brooks said in a press release. "I believe this approach can bring stability, financial soundness and an improved quality of life to all of Gwinnett County. ... The county is facing many challenges as the tax digest continues to shrink. It will take experience and vision to address these challenges. I will take my experience and vision from Suwanee City Council to the County Commission."

Brooks, a financial advisor has lived in Suwanee for 14 years with his wife and two children.Conway campaign updateGwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway is beginning his campaign for his fifth term.

Conway, who was first elected in 1996, will have his first major fundraiser Thursday, Nov. 3, which is nearly one year to the day before the 2012 election.

The event is his annual fall golf tournament, where law enforcement officers can play for $125 and others can play for $175. Sponsorships range from $500 to $2,500.

The tournament, which begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m., will be held at Chateau Elan. Prizes will be presented at a reception held at 3 p.m. Lunch is provided.

For more information, contact Stephen K. Hill at 404-234-3259 or email kinghill@charter.net or you can register online at magnoliagolfgroup.com/ButchConway.

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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