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District 3 commission race headed to runoff

Staff Photo: John Bohn Incumbent Mike Beaudreau, District 3 Gwinnett Board of Commissioners, checks election results Tuesday night during a gathering of his supporters at Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Incumbent Mike Beaudreau, District 3 Gwinnett Board of Commissioners, checks election results Tuesday night during a gathering of his supporters at Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville.

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Photo: Graham Robson Tommy Hunter, right, a candidate for the Board of Commissioners in District 3, and Norman Scott await results to come in on Tuesday night. Hunter's wife, Judith Hunter, and daughter Lauren Hunter, 15, also look on as friends and family gathered at Hunter's house to view the results and to celebrate the campaign.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Mike Beaudreau's hopes for an outright win in the Republican primary were dashed late Tuesday, sending the incumbent District 3 commissioner to a runoff to decide if he gets a third term.

Beaudreau still described his big lead -- with just under 10,000 votes or about 47.3 percent -- as a "knockout" in the four-man race.

But the unofficial numbers at about 1 a.m. Wednesday showed Beaudreay is headed to an Aug. 21 showdown with second-place finisher Tommy Hunter.

"I appreciate the voter's vote of confidence," he said, saying that negative tactics taken by opponents did not work. "It looks like we have one more election to win."

Hunter, who ran against Beaudreau in his first campaign in 2004, said he is excited about continuing his campaign.

"I'll stick with the same message: real world experience ... and caring about this place where I live," the former county employee who lives in Buford said. "I'm doing this because of (the people). It's for all of us, so we can get this county back the way it used to be."

According to the late numbers, Hunter had 4,610 votes, a 341-vote lead over former Snellville Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer. Dacula man Mike Korom came in with about 10 percent.

Comments

gwinnettisgreat1 2 years, 4 months ago

I hope Tommy Hunter can take Beaudreau out. Anyone else hear that Mike has retained an attorney this week? Amid rumors that Shirley is going to roll over on him? I heard that this week and was wondering if it was true?

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teelee 2 years, 4 months ago

Attorney? Really? Maybe it is because he is going to sue you for slander? LOL!

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gwinnettisgreat1 2 years, 4 months ago

Nah. He has bigger fish to fry. LOL.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 4 months ago

Wrong again Teepee - if it were false it would be libel, not slander. Best not to comment on things you are not well informed on - just like Briscoe.

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Karl 2 years, 4 months ago

Why you trying to start unfounded rumors? You just made that stuff up.

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gwinnettisgreat1 2 years, 4 months ago

Karl, honestly, didn't make it up and I am not starting rumors. Just asking if anyone else has information.

Your boy Mike is in danger... I would be nervous too.

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Karl 2 years, 4 months ago

In danger? You're too funny. He missed avoiding a run-off in a FOUR person race by several hundred votes out of 20,000 cast and you think he's in danger??

You're new to politics and political races, aren't you?

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, I'm with Karl - I mean, Kenerly was serially re-elected, Bannister was re-elected, Lasseter was elected based upon ???? - voters are pretty clueless. Hmmmm - not sure who I'm agreeing with here.

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beautynotbeast 2 years, 4 months ago

That is a straight out LIE! I know Mike, he is a friend and it simply is not true. Mike does not, nor ever has had anything to hide. He is one of the few officials who is honest to a fault, his hands are clean and he deserves a last term. He has done more for his constituents and his district than any other public official I've ever met. No tax increases, integrity and honesty, that is Mike. If those are characteristics that don't appeal to you then vote for the other guy, who I have heard has strong ties to Bannister.

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jack 2 years, 4 months ago

Tell us the story of how Mike walked across the pond to heal an injured duck.

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nicholson 2 years, 4 months ago

Yeah,"he has done more for his constituents" - I now pay twice what folks in Dekalb and Fulton pay for garbage service with the same haulers and I pay a year in advance. Thanks, Mike!

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gwinnettisgreat1 2 years, 4 months ago

UH-HU.. you know Shirley girl and Kevin had friends just like you right?

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nicholson 2 years, 4 months ago

Interesting how Beaudreau describes his victory as a "knockout" yet the majority (52.3%) voted against him. I hope those same voters will come out for Hunter in the run off.

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JW 2 years, 4 months ago

It's time to turn out the vote and get this guy out of office. If he survives you can bet he will try for Commission Chair or Congress and then we're really in trouble. As far as the negative campaign....he did plenty in his door to door trying to tie the other candidates to Bannister. Also said he was not a yes vote on the airport. This guy is an egomaniac who thinks he is smarter than everyone around him and knows what's best for the rest of us. He will say and do whatever is necessary to retain power. Time to put this guy back to selling copiers instead of sticking it to Gwinnett.

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nicholson 2 years, 4 months ago

He is sticking it to Gwinnett by selling copiers to the county government in a contract that has never been put out to bid. Clearly a conflict of interest.

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pcjohn 2 years, 4 months ago

I hope Mr. Hunter will constantly remind voters of Beaudreau's forcing that expensive, non-voluntary garbage plan down the citizen's throats. That still is a huge sticking point in our craws. And don't forget the baseball field. Beaudreau is a frog in our pond that need to be gigged.

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jack 2 years, 4 months ago

And the ever popular screwing of those folks out of their cell phone tower deal.

The hits just keep coming.

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Don 2 years, 4 months ago

He is the last man standing and we need an entire new slate at the BOC.

I have heard that Lasssiter turned states eveidence on just about everyone, All she is doing is trying to keep her son and her out of jail. We need to see if anything sticks.

If this case does make it through we may be able to get a group rate in prison and let them all share the same cell and they can relive the entire thing and discuss how not to get caught next time they are in office.

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pcjohn 2 years, 4 months ago

Maybe something will "stick" this time since the Feds, and not our DA Porter, are carrying the ball. When it comes to prosecuting politicians the Feds get touchdowns whereas Porter only fumbles the ball.

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Karl 2 years, 4 months ago

Boy, that Mike Korom sure was a hit with the voters, huh? LOL!!

Korom was the epitome of arrogance. He got what he deserved--9%. He intimated throughout his campaign of all the endorsements from various local politicians he had. Yeah, right. Go back to your HOA position. That's the highest political office you'll ever have.

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samnevils 2 years, 4 months ago

Hey Karl, guess what? He's still a bigger man than you for deciding to run. Anyone who decides to take the time to offer themselves up for public office and endure a long campaign season deserves respect. I don't remember seeing your name on the ballot anywhere? Amazing the people who want to cast stones but don't step up and take on a challenge like that.

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CD 2 years, 4 months ago

At this point I can only assume that District 3 voters are basically masochists. I can't imagine voting for someone that has consistently demonstrated both contempt for a free market and conservative spending principles. Not to mention the ethics issues that at some point will require a CSX freight train to deliver evidence to a grand jury.

Of course my wonderful district did just that with Kenerly.

Maybe it's in the water.

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CitizenY 2 years, 4 months ago

GA has mandated water fluoridation since the mid-80's. It's been proven to lower IQ. Politicians were the ones responsible for mass poisoning of the population, and now you see why. They all drink non-fluoridated bottled water, even in their Kool-Aid.

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Cleanupguy 2 years, 4 months ago

OMG - hopefully you're kidding. Ummm - have the first clue regarding the carcinogens that leach out of plastics, or that certain microbes only thrive in non running water? Personally, I think that politics lowered our state IQ. You know, 100% of everyone that breathes and consumes water winds up dead, so beware.

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GeauxLSU 2 years, 4 months ago

I personally know Mr. Hunter. I can't say enough positive about him. He is the shake up that board DESPERATELY needs.
I don't personally know Mr. Beaudreau so my knowledge, like most presumably, is based on what I've seen from his actions and personally observed while attending public meetings. Based on that, he needs to GO!!!! He is everything that is wrong with government in general.

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Reason 2 years, 4 months ago

District 3. You can't make this kind of stuff up for a comedy show. Enjoy!

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gwinnettisgreat1 2 years, 4 months ago

AWWW... Robo call from Mike "I aint skeeered" Beaudreau yesterday. Tommy has him on the run. LOL

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R 2 years, 4 months ago

We need a variation of The Daily Show’s “Indecision 2012” report

District 3 Runoff “Fun under the Sun” or "HOW do YOU spell Conservative?"

How many more proposals will come at you to RAISE the Sales Taxes you pay?

Check out the County “Fair” Tax coming soon to a ballot near you! ( maybe)

http://www.ajc.com/news/gwinnett/commissioner-raise-gwinnett-sales-1433860.html

http://dacula.patch.com/announcements/beaudreau-suggests-increasing-county-sales-tax

And for those who believe Gwinnett SIMPLY refuses to be like Cobb County... Enjoy below!!!

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No Mincing of Words Here...

Rumors have it that Incumbent Republican Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee is either smoking crack, or he's lost his freaking mind (whatever there once was of one).

In Tim Lee's latest "new idea" for Cobb County, he is proposing a 1% sales tax to be added to the current total of 6% in order to reduce property taxes. (This is separate from the idea of the 1% for the T-SPLOST which is something Tim Lee also supports, by the way.) His campaign website states the following: "Tim's plan would include passing a 1-cent sales tax and all revenues raised would be directed towards significantly reducing property taxes."

PV Sez: Really, Tim? The sales tax is going to go towards reducing property SO, what happened? The tax renewal passed (by about 95 votes), and gets renewed. THEN. .approximately two weeks after it passes, Tim Lee makes a comment in a commission meeting that "Oh, gee...we've just discovered a $31 million gap in the county budget. Looks like we're going to have to raise property taxes." (Here's a story PV's editor wrote back then about this tax increase and the shenanigans at the county commission)

Heck, not even an apology came out of Lee's lips like "Yeah, sorry we told you we might have to raise property taxes if the 1% SPLOST didn't pass...but, it looks like we're going to RAISE them on you suckers anyway!!!

SO, back to Timmy's idea here of (as he terms it) a "Cobb County Fair Tax" of instituting a new 1% sales tax to reduce property taxes...PV is inspired by the lyrics of a Twisted Sister song titled "We're Not Gonna Take It Anymore!"

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