POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: GOP claims victory in council race

Camie Young

Camie Young

The Gwinnett GOP swung into action this week to help a city council candidate best a Democrat.

While the Peachtree Corners race, like all local cities, was a nonpartisan contest, Jeanne Aulbach sides with the Republican Party, while her challenger Robert Byars ran in 2010 as a Democrat for a county commission race.

"The Gwinnett GOP was happy to assist Ms. Aulbach in identifying and turning out fiscally conservative voters who desire to see the new city of Peachtree Corners maintain its limited government promise," said Bruce LeVell, the Gwinnett Republican Party chairman, who set up a phone bank to help her campaign on Monday. "This party is serving notice that we will not cede any ground to the Democrats, whether it's for a municipal election or in electing the next president of the United States."

Aulbach won 63 percent of the votes in Tuesday's runoff, the highest margin among the four contests.

Last year, the local Democrat Party took credit for the victory of Kelly Kautz as Snellville's mayor, although Kautz has said she is an independent. The GOP, in turn, helped P.K. Martin in his re-election campaign for Lawrenceville City Council.

Brantley campaign event

Next week, local lawyer Emily Brantley will officially kick off her campaign for State Court judge.

Brantley is one of several lawyers who have announced their intent to run for the seat to be left vacant by retiring Chief Judge Robert Mock.

The get-together is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Wally Odum Party Shack at the corner of Duluth Highway and Norman Circle

More information about the event, which will feature dessert, iced tea, beer and wine, is available at www.electemilybrantley.com.

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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kevin 3 years, 6 months ago

I really would not brag about this so-called victory when only 12% of all voters voted. This was a disgrace to even brag about this win. I wouldn't want to live in a place with such idiotic voter turnout. No wonder governments tell us what to do. In this community the same thing is going to happen there-Re-electing the same 12% winners over and over. This makes for a good laugh about that community. They are a real joke.


ACC12_SEC13Booster 3 years, 6 months ago

12 percent participation...Yeah, unfortunately that's about right.

Hey on the bright side, that 12 percent participation rate is actually an increase from the 5-8% participation rate that had been the norm in recent local elections.

Also when you figure in that Gwinnett is a highly-transient community in which probably well over two-thirds of the population is from somewhere else, either another state, another country or both, that has no idea that a local election is even going on, that 12 percent figure is very understandable which is why we have so many ethical issues and so much corruption in local and state government.


samnevils 3 years, 6 months ago

This is another example of too little too late. Even though Ms. Aulbach won; don't put a lot of stock in the Gwinnett GOP helping her win. A 30 minute phone banking session done by two people doesn't account for much. But once again this is due to the lack of leadership going on in the Gwinnett Republican Party. The leaders that are, tend to wait at the last minute to decide and help a candidate in a run off position and by then there's not much that can be done. Ask how many Republican candidates have been given access to Voter Vault, the in-house GOP voter database. Ask if there is a plan for the 2012 Elections, there is none. We have 12 members on an Executive Board that who can't form a single plan of action without a ton of bickering from their own Executive meetings. And this from the group who wanted to go down to 3 meetings a year so as to do a better job of reaching out to people! Ha!


nhechler 3 years, 6 months ago

I couldn't agree more. There is a real lack of leadership, in-fighting and back stabbing. The Mass Meeting was a disaster. The County Convention was saved by Mike Royal and Commisioner Beaudreau after a shakey start by the Gwinnet GOP Chairman.

It is true, Voter Vault has not been shared with with any of the School District Managers. Under previous leadership, the School District Managers were given access to voter vault; so, they could prepare a plan to turn out republican voters in their area. This is part of their job. The current leadership does not even trust it's own elected executive board enough to give them complete access to this tool.


Cleanupguy 3 years, 6 months ago

Adjusted for the mere 60% of those eligible that are even registered to vote, the turnout was more like 7%. The reason given for cityhood was that PTC didn’t have any control of their destiny with respect to Gwinnett County government. Of course, they had already clearly demonstrated why that was the case by their low voter turnout (10% for Bannister, 5% for Nash, etc.). They allowed a tiny minority that believed more government was better would fix something that wasn’t really broken. In doing so they have replaced two of the best run agencies anywhere (Gwinnett’s Planning & Development and the Quality of Life Unit) at increased cost, opening the door wide for others to control their destiny with more politics and money. Duh?


pcBobby 3 years, 6 months ago

Cami-I believe Mr. Byars ran in 2010 as a Democrat in the race for the county commission seat in that area against Republican Lynette Howard.


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