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Beaudreau, Hunter to face off in runoff for commission

Tommy Hunter

Tommy Hunter

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Could the third time be the charm for Tommy Hunter?

Or will Mike Beaudreau win for his third term?

Voters will decide between the two in a District 3 commission GOP runoff Tuesday, with the winner having no competition in November.

Beaudreau was the surprise victor eight years ago in a contentious race for the southern Gwinnett district. Hunter was part of the race then too, but the win went to Beaudreau, a young, brash conservative promising to shake up the old political structure backed by developers and land owners.

He says he has stuck to those principles, balancing revitalization efforts in the older parts of his area with a slowing of growth in Gwinnett's vanishing rural landscape.

After moving to Buford, Hunter mounted a similar campaign two years ago against a District 4 commissioner now facing indictment. When boundary lines changed, he found himself again battling Beaudreau.

The political landscape is very different from 2004, when the problems of growth have shifted to the perils of a down economy.

Now, with voters still raging over ethics controversies that have ended with the resignation of three commissioners in three years, Beaudreau, once the young upstart, is now the seasoned veteran on the Board of Commissioners.

He has faced many public battles -- over budget cuts and service agreements with cities, rezoning battles and a controversial trash program -- but he says that experience is now necessary since the government is continuing to face deficits in a slowing economy.

"We have more difficult days ahead," Beaudreau said at a recent forum, saying he had made unpopular but necessary choices, like adding light fees for recreation programs. "It requires disciple and a firm backbone. ... I have a track record of actually doing it."

Hunter hasn't spent his time between elections in the background. He has served as an appointee, first to the Water and Sewerage Authority and then on the Planning Commission.

Plus, he said his experience as a former county staffer and as an engineer who has worked on water and transportation issues gives him key insight into two of the biggest issues the government is facing.

Compared to Beaudreau, Hunter takes a less staunch approach to zoning issues, acknowledging positives in allowing growth to continue, which left the incumbent accusing him of catering to "land barons who fund his campaign."

But Hunter, a native of the area with a Southern drawl counter to Beaudreau's fast-talking Connecticut style, prefers to talk about kitchen-table budgeting and creating an open-door policy with constituents.

"They say to treat government like a business. Treat government like your home," he said. "It's time government learns that whenever they are out of money, they need to live with it."

The open-door policy is one of Beaudreau's favorite topics as well, since he has held a monthly "Meetings with Mike" session with constituents since he has taken office.

Both see the importance in re-establishing trust with Gwinnettians disheartened by politicians.

"I've taken the bullets," Beaudreau said, comparing himself to a tree bending in the hurricane but not breaking. "I think that experience is especially crucial now."

But Hunter sees a need for a new leader.

"It runs deep. It's been here for years," he said of the corruption seen recently in the investigations around commissioners. "We need the little guy to get on there and look out for people."

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday across District 3 for the runoff.

Comments

NewsReader 2 years, 1 month ago

How much of a backbone does it take to have an officer ceremoniously escort one of your constituents from the premises of a public meeting because you don’t like what he has to say Mike? If I hadn’t witnessed you do this kind of thing more than once, I probably would have just overlooked it. But this is a pattern with you. What about your garbage program you have managed to stick us with? I’ve met many people in public office, and you are by far one of the most pompous and arrogant of them all. Too bad I don’t vote in your district, but I am not beyond doing what I can to help you out…out of office that is! Listen up people. You would be well advised to take a good look at Hunter over Beaudreau. Beaudreau isn’t interested in Gwinnett. He isn’t interested in you. He is interested in Mike Beaudreau. Send him packing.

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BuzzG 2 years, 1 month ago

This guy wants you to think he is a conservative. He is not. He is big government and he has placed his snout in the tax payer trough. He took away or right to pick our own trash hauler because he wants the government in control. He built the stadium without ever asking if we wanted it. He continues to subsidize a government owned golf course losing money left and right rather than selling it off. These are not the actions of a small government conservative. Newreader is right. It is time to send him packing.

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mitchambler 2 years, 1 month ago

I think it's important to discuss the real issues and facts - not conjecture - in any campaign. Let's look at real facts: Mike has never voted for a tax increasue during his first 2 terms. Many rezoning applications in District 3 that do not conform to the county's land use plan have been denied via Mike Beaudreau ... Example: Lake Lucerne-Five Forks Trickum Road Gas Station, zonings off Oleander Road, West Park Place, and Grayson-New Hope Road have all been turned down. Mike was the only commissioner to vote against additional funding for the Collins Hill Golf Course. In case you haven't noticed... many, many of those trailers behind Gwinnett County schools are gone now...that's because Beaudreau denied many rezonings in school clusters that are overcrowded. Real Facts. Not conjecture.

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pcjohn 2 years, 1 month ago

But what about the trash plan, Mitch? And that rat hole for County funds that is now named Coolray Field (now that Nasuti's name is finally off it)? These are things that dig right into my, and others, pockets. Beaudreau was for all of those lousy examples of local governance. And, like a little Hitler, he has the cops throw people out of meetings because they argue with him. We need this oaf out of office. We need Hunter for at least one term to prove himself.

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BufordGuy 2 years, 1 month ago

I thought you said facts, Mitch. Those trailers are gone because the economy went in the crapper. Where you been? Mike Beaudreau most certainly voted for a tax increase--the garbage plan. Which, when all is said and done, will go down as the biggest single burden ever placed on the Gwinnett taxpayer and a source of corruption on the scale this county has yet to see. Try and not pay that part of your tax bill and see what happens. I would much rather a politician increase taxes so everyone knows what he did instead of "back-dooring" us with a revenue generator like the trash plan. Give me a break dude. As some folks discussed on the Dacula Patch, he has also taken TONS of cash from developers, and then falsified his disclosures calling them real estate agents and whatever else he could come up with. Go look it up.

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

Let's so those disclosures? Can you link them? I have looked over all of his disclosures. Never seen anything that looks like what you're speaking of. Tommy on the other hand has open ethics complaints and fines. Mike has never had one. Want to talk about Falsifying how about Tommy Hunter while he was County Construction manager? He falsified timesheets, regularly showed up early, left early, worked a second job during his work hours (I remind you that’s your tax dollars that was paying his salary), and much more. It’s all here in the 8 page letter or reprimand. http://mikekorom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/tommyhunter.pdf

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Floyd_Akridge 2 years, 1 month ago

Sorry Buford guy...but you simply are not telling the truth. Mike has kept his commitment and has not done as you suggest.

On the dacula patch...there a few people there who post vile crap that has no basis in any fact. None. Just like what you have...None.

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mitchambler 2 years, 1 month ago

Per your post: "As some folks discussed on the Dacula Patch, he has also taken TONS of cash from developers, and then falsified his disclosures calling them real estate agents and whatever else he could come up with..." Again...this is all CONJECTURE... By the way Tommy or Buzz or whoever you are... it takes a little guts to use your real name in your post(s). Mike Beaudreau is a good man who has worked extremely hard for the citizens of his district. He's never taken even a free lunch from anybody! Slandering his good name is no way to win a campaign. Man Up Hater.

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Putter 2 years, 1 month ago

In addition to the garbage plan (tax), he has also stated he is for increasing the sales tax as a trade off for lowering the property taxes, erroneously labeling it the "fair tax", without offering any specifics. More likely, this would be a bait and switch tactic, and our property taxes would never be lowered.

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

The sales tax he has presented is simply so we can fund some of the operational cost of our SPLOST projects. SPLOST funds can only be allocated to building of the proposed projects it is illegal to use the funds for operations. This is why library hours have been cut and recrational fees have been imposed. This will eliminate this without putting the burden on homeowners and frankly utilizing the resources of visitors to the county ie folks who shop from outside of our county at Mall of Georgia, come to Gwinnett Braves games, etc. Any homeowner in Gwinnett should be in favor of this this operational sales tax.

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

Any homeowner who lives in Gwinnett should be suspicious when the BOC says they are going to lower property taxes. Mikey doesn't say how much of property tax break or how long it would last. I could see this SPLOST getting passed, and then conveniently, some "unforeseen" expense would arise and the BOC would say "sorry, no property tax cut". The sales tax would far outlive the property tax cut.

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R 2 years, 1 month ago

Make one tax into TWO ...

That is an INCREASE, even if presented to the voters for approval ... Like TSPLOST just recently was

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

Further, I remind you Mike has clearly offered specifics. Have you ever spoken to him about it. I find it amusing all the people that are getting all of their facts from the media alone and not going straight to the source.

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

He offered no specifics at the forum on Wednesday sponsored by the Gwinnett Republicans. His same old refrain is " I have been here 8 years" and acts like we owe him another term. We need a change.

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

Nicholsony, he most certainly did, he specifically said at the Gwinnett GOP forum and the one held at Stars & Striks the sales tax would be for operation of the projects SPLOST funds. There was no skirting around the issue. If one thing is certain it is that Mike does not skirt around issues. Speaking of Forums you'd rather have that guy that looked like was sitting back watching Sunday night football during the debate. WOW! The citizens of Gwinnett owe Mike one thing, a big thank you for his honest service to our county. If you honestly think he hasn't been good for our county then you do NOT know him or anything he has done for the betterment you are only focusing on the popular hot topics of citizens.

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

Its very obvious you work on his campaign, great for you, but it is that "you owe me" vote that is arrogant and repels people. I have been at both forums mentioned above, and at the one in June, he would not even say what his opinion was on the TSPLOST, giving some bologne excuse about not being able to due to his position. I have lived here 15 years in district 3 and am well aware of Mikey's doings, so no need for lectures from a campaign aide with self interest. When you can defend the 3% stadium tax that I have to pay everyday in my business, that tells me all I need to know about your motives.

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

Do you remember what change got us in 2008?

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

Yes, I am well aware of Obama and how much he loves government programs and spending, just like Mike Beaudreau. Obamacare = trash plan.

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

proving yet again you do not know Mike. If you did you'd know he doesn't have any paid staff. He has volunteers. And yep I'm one of them. When you can tell me why in the world Tommy Hunter is better than Mike then you might have a leg to stand on. You can't though.

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nicholson 2 years ago

I don't see where I said you were paid. I said self interest, which can come in many forms, especially in government appointments, etc. Tommy actually has a degree and work experience in transportation, which may prove very useful. More importantly, I think as Republicans it is up to us to weed out the ones who do not follow the basic principle of less government. Mike may be a nice guy in your view, but the bottom line is he clearly doesnt follow the principle as evidenced with the stadium deal and trash plan. There is no getting around that.

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mitchambler 2 years, 1 month ago

The Dacula Patch? Again that's all pure conjecture planted by YOU Tommy; Another thing Buford Guy Tommy: I don't think voters want an elected official who hides behind a screen name. Get real.

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

No, it was stated in several new sources, including this paper. Maybe you should read a little more before posting.

Commissioner wants tax shift

Commissioner wants tax shift by Frank Reddy

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R 2 years, 1 month ago

Sorry but is this NOT "pure conjecture", we were publicly PROMISED during official BoC meetings that haulers in a region would be selected by open COMPETITIVE bidding. You know what actually happened in 2010?

County attorney staff stood before the Superior COURT judge and stated “on the record” that the bidding process was REMOVED and NOT required, because trash was a “core” government service.

Besides, the first few pages of the decree covered how the signers wouldn’t be personally sued themselves, their estates or families either. All this was covered first - before the “product service” was even mentioned. Think the county residents might have come in a FAR 2nd place on this negotiation on OUR behalf?

But in retrospect, if the commissions that were so “Gun Ho” on this new and improved “jewel” had actually FOLLOWED the Gwinnett County Procurement rules active and on file at the time, the hauler lawsuits probably wouldn’t have been filed to start with, or if they had been they would’ve FAILED.

Hard copies can be read anytime at the records room for Superior Court GJAC by any citizen who so desires so. The effort doesn't even require media involvement, Freedom of Information requests or even ethics complaints.

Just pack a couple of Snickers, cause just the like the ad states, you will be AWHILE …

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R 2 years, 1 month ago

Mitch The tax burden of that staduim along with the cost overruns is as real as it gets...

And I don't recall any pledge to give that type of project a rest in the near future. PLEASE feel free to correct this if you would be so kind.

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

Surely you are not calling Tommy Hunter a conservative? Didn't he receive a 7 page letter of reprimand from the county while serving on the planning commission for misuse of the county issued cell phone, not showing up for work, showing up late daily, leaving early, while reporting he was on time. How about all the days he just didn't show up never even calling in?

Mike Beaudreau is honest and has served with integrity. I voted for him the July 31st and early voted for him last week for the runoff. He has served district three and looked out for the best interest of all. Not everything he has done has been popular but he thought through he decision he made. Our area has had improvements to parks, new fire stations, police precincts, and needed road widenings and improvements from his efforts.

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

Reading, don't see any developers... remember it is HUNTER who has ethics fines for his campaign disclosures. Beaudreau has integrity, Hunter does not.

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BufordGuy 2 years, 1 month ago

I provided you a link. Can you provide one to ethics fines for disclosures for Hunter? It should be on the Ethics Commission site, but I can't find it. You don't see any developers? What is MHC Development?

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

Heathera, let me guess - you voted for Don Balfour too?

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

Nicholsony, absolutely not I did not vote for Balfour. I only vote for those I approve of their service. Mike earned my vote everytime. You are clearly out of touch if you think Mike has done a bad job.

Since you're playing guessing games allow me, let me guess you never vote for an incumbent because all politicians are crooked, right? Likely among your wardrobe is an anti-airport shirt, a sign in the garage that you used to protest to have your own chicken coop in your backyard, and only show up at county events to scream and yell never to become informed. You showed up at the forum not to become more informed of the candidates but to cheer on the person you already knew you are supporting. Too bad you're going to be pouting again Wednesday either way... If Mike wins you'll be mad about that, if he loses you'll be pouting when you realize what a HUGE mistake you made voting for the other guy.

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

Heathera, wrong on all counts, but since you are part of his campaign I should expect that since your directive is to try to bash anyone that opposes Mikey while ignoring his own record (like the stadium deal), and tell voters to vote for him because he is just so gosh darned nice. If that doesn't work, than try to scare voters about making a change because we all know how well some of the "professional" politicians like Mike have done for us the last 8 years. See you at the polls tomorrow!

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

already voted, but yes you will see me waving signs for Mike

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

Mike DID increase taxes on my business when he voted for the stadium deal. I sometimes have to use rental trucks to supplement my fleet of vehicles, and when I rent a truck in Gwinnett I have to pay a special 3% tax which goes specifically to pay for the stadium, in addition to the 6% sales tax. So whenever it is economically feasible, I rent trucks from nearby neighboring counties because 3% adds up quickly. A true conservative would not be hurting small businesses (or any business) in order to pay for their boondoggle.

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mitchambler 2 years, 1 month ago

All conjecture. The Dacula Patch...conjecture most likely planted by Tommy Hunter and Co. Clearly this "Tommy Hunter" bunch does not know Mike Beaudreau. Mike is a good honest man fighting for the citizens in his district. Mike has never voted a tax increase and has always supported small business.

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

Again, Mitch you really need to read before posting. The BOC (and Beaudreau) voted to impose a vehicle rental tax to fund the stadium. It's a fact. If you are still in denial, read this: www.gwinnettdailypost.com/news/2008/m....
I really resent, as a small business owner who works my tail off, to have to pay for the whims of some arrogant commissioner. The stadium was not a necessity, it was an extravangance and NEVER voted on by the people. Why should I be put at a disadvantage against my competitors in other metro counties, in order to fund the stadium?

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EthicsInGwinnett 2 years, 1 month ago

You guys want Hunter? Why was he dismissed from his job at the County?

"The letter points out several violations of the rules and regulations of the county’s merit system, saying that Hunter used county time and resources to work on private real estate deals. Hunter, whose phone and Internet usage was monitored, was accused of excessive tardiness, abuse of company property and violating email policies."

Your hero, the savior of county government used taxpayer time an resources to work on private real estate deals. How can you trust this guy to be a commissioner?

http://www.ajc.com/news/gwinnett/gwinnett-candidate-posts-reprimand-1446677.html

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BufordGuy 2 years, 1 month ago

Are you saying he was fired? I have never heard that. Do you have a copy of his separation notice stating that? Why would Mr. Beaudreau have appointed someone fired from a county position to the Water and Sewerage Authority FIVE times?? Was this letter accusations or proven instances? Was Mr. Hunter an Exempt employee? If so, he couldn't legally be tardy or early. Did he challenge the findings?

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

The letter came from the county to Tommy with proven instances including phone records. Read it yourself you'll see. This is not a man you want on the commission.

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BufordGuy 2 years, 1 month ago

That was not the question. I've read the letter. I have not, however, seen anything where it was said he was fired. Not even demoted. Not even had his work questioned. I want to see a separation notice.

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

Want to talk about Falsifying how about Tommy Hunter while he was County Construction manager? He falsified timesheets, regularly showed up early, left early, worked a second job during his work hours (I remind you that’s your tax dollars that was paying his salary), and much more. It’s all here in the 8 page letter or reprimand. http://mikekorom.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/tommyhunter.pdf

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

clearly I meant to say showed up LATE not early... but the letter tells for itself if you read it.

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BufordGuy 2 years ago

I called and checked with the county today. Mr. Hunter was classified as an "exempt" employee which by definition is a "salaried" position (basically he had no set "schedule"). I was told county "exempt" positions are considered professional positions and come with a lot of discretion allowed on the part of the person filling it. It'll be over with tomorrow, but if he wins, I believe I will do an ORR for his performance evaluations and separation notice. But since it was not an hourly position he couldn't have been "late" or "early". Reprimanding someone for something they can't even do seems like a stretch to me.

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pcjohn 2 years, 1 month ago

When Edward the 1st of England vanquished his enemies in Scotland he remarked to an aide that "It does a man good to rid himself of a turd". Perhaps District 3 will be able to say the same next week.

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

The trash plan saves you money does not increase anything. If we kept it the way it was with 14 different companies driving down our streets weekly the wear and tear alone on the roads is worth the money SAVED to not have to increase taxes to fix the roads. If we ever go back to the way it was not only will your garbage bill increase so will your taxes. The garbage compies are saving on truck maintence, fuel, and labor. Instead of picking up trash at just a few homes on one neighborhood and a few homes in another they pick up the entire neighborhood saving tons for them a year as well. Because of this garbage prices are actually lower and will likely maintain at the current rate rather than increasing like it did every year in years past. In the long run the trash plan saves you money does not increase what you are paying.,...

Tommy Hunter will cost us a fortune and he's got a record with the county to prove it.

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

No garbage prices are not lower. The same haulers we are mandated to use by Mikey for $18.35 a month are offering residents in Dekalb & Fulton service for $10 a month, and those residents don't have to pay 12 months in advance, like we do. The trash plan is nothing more than tax (like Obamacare).

http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/18957798/gwinnett-citizens-outraged-over-trash-bills

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

The garbage plan is a far cry from Obamacare. It does save everyone money in the long run period. Why do you think all of the cities within the county have been doing this exact same plan for years? Because it saves their roads so they don't have to raise taxes.

The story you reference has been proven to be skewed over and over again. When I bought my new home in Gwinnett I priced all of the garbage companies they were all the same price and all right at $18 a month. When the trash plan came in it was the same. That hasn't changed. Furthermore my family has reality in Fulton and that's false that it is $10 per month. We pay closer to $25 per month. The only people paying less are those who are subsidized by the county for qualifying reasons. Regular citizens are paying the higher price.

His name is Mike by the way not Mikey. You should try speaking with him, maybe show up to one of his over 200 "Meetings with Mike" he's held monthly since taking office.

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MajBubba 2 years, 1 month ago

Heathera is right. The garbage plan has not been a burden. In fact I believe It has been less expensive than what I was paying before with a private hauler. And now we don't have all those trucks rumbling through our subdivision every day of the week. It's a one-stop service one day a week and it works fine. And instead of having to pay the bill every quarter, it just gets added to the property tax and is much more convenient.

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/users/photos/2012/aug/19/51990/

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

MajBubba, I am sorry but your comment makes you sound plain lazy. Was it REALLY that exhausting & mind boggling to mail the trash bill every 3 months? The time value of money concept obviously doesn't mean anything to you if you want the government to have your money 12 months in advance to use for their purposes, instead of you being able to use it. I will gladly take the $ savings I had before the plan by shopping around in the free market. If you are not capable of shopping around and securing the best price, please don't penalize those of us that are capable.

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

I have written emails to him, which he never bothered to respond to and now ironically, when he is running for office, he has his campaigners (like you) call me because he wants my vote.

I do believe Obama says the EXACT same thing about Obamacare that you say about Mikey's trash plan - it will save us money and therefore, the government needs to step in and take over.

I have lived in Gwinnett for 15 years and my garbage bill went up with Mikey's trash plan and I now have a smaller garbage can, and I pay 12 months in advance with it on my property tax bill. Spin it all you want, the garbage plan is not an improvement and it is not an action taken by a conservative. If it was such a great achievment for Beaudreau, why has he not embraced it and put it front and center on his campaign flyers?

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Floyd_Akridge 2 years, 1 month ago

and nicholson you've called Republic to verify that this wasn't a teaser rate and/or subsidized by the govt?

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

No, I figured Beaudreau's campaign would have done that since they are so proud of the garbage plan and tout it extensively in all of their campaign literature. Who cares even if it's a teaser rate? Newsflash: it is competition in the free market that keeps the price down, not your boy Mikey. The only subsidy I know of is the one the Gwinnett BOC is giving to the seniors.

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Putter 2 years, 1 month ago

The only thing being subsidized in Gwinnett county is the discount on trash bills given to the senior citizens, in an election year of course. Who do you think is paying for that, Floyd? By the way, it's rather pathetic that you have to vote the "thumbs up" for all of your own comments.

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Floyd_Akridge 2 years, 1 month ago

Well Putter (1) I, unlike you, am open about who I am. I am not some weasel who has to hide behind some fake name. You can criticize me when you show some backbone and stop hiding. (2) I vote Thumbs Up for what I post because I like it. That's the purpose of the icon...I thought you knew that but I'm glad to help educate you tonight.

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R 2 years, 1 month ago

The TRASH Plan is installed for what 6 more years or so by “consent decree” not really by contract.

The REAL concern going forward is the “thought process” that created it WILL linger on and GROW in other areas of our future government.

REMEMBER, the program just GREW and right now it INCREASES taxes/fees on many to fund BoC generated “ breaks” for a small sub set of OTHER citizens.

We weren’t advised of this “concept” as part of the reasons for its creation back when it was first presented or even AFTER the order was signed in 2010. ( But it can’t hurt in an election year right?)

Well the "tax and spend" concept has been around awhile and is tried and true, just STOP the attempt at a claim of a "CONSERVATIVE" mantle as you support it. If voters wish to live as residents in some apartments do with ALL services wrapped up in rent - vote your opinion.

But ask your choice for office what happens to the COST of Trash in Gwinnett if and when the city of Peachtree Corners actually begins acting on its charter of City lite by providing trash service itself. Those residents have a budget of over Million dollars and those folks may not wish to continue subsidizing the expensive consent decree WE have.

Those lower teaser rates out there in the region look pretty good… My tax bill shows an increase so SOMEBODY raised it somewhere at GJAC.

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Floyd_Akridge 2 years, 1 month ago

R...please tell me when you called Republic to find out if that rate was a teaser rate and/or subsidized. I'm assuming that since you want to keep talking about this issue that you've at least done a tiny bit of homework.

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R 2 years, 1 month ago

I'd call the county but the the office is closed, apparently because staff is so " Insubordinate" so I guess I'll make call DIRECTLY to hauler next week...

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R 2 years, 1 month ago

Floyd just so following readers are clear, you are challenging the statements about CBS article and NOTHING else in my post above...

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Floyd_Akridge 2 years, 1 month ago

Magawd R...It's two sentences. How can you get confused in two sentences? My question is as clear as it can be made.

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R 2 years, 1 month ago

So you aren't challenging the rest ...

Acknowledged but unchallenged usually points to true, so enjoy one and all...

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Floyd_Akridge 2 years ago

So by not answering the question you are admitting that you have not called Republic and you do not know if the rate was a teaser and/or subsidized...is that correct?

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R 2 years ago

I'd call the county but the the office is closed, apparently because staff is so " Insubordinate" so I guess I'll make a call DIRECTLY to hauler THIS week...

I actually have already received a FLYER in the US Mail, but I had to call and let the company know they couldn't market in Gwinnett as my hauler is MANDATED by my conservative county government.

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Sandykin 2 years, 1 month ago

The garbage companies are also providing crappy service because there's no consequence to them if they leave half your trash at the curb. You're stuck with them, so if they don't want to pick up that old computer monitor - the one you called ahead and told them it was there and they said they would pick up, but they don't. They've done exactly that to us on more than one occasion, and we had no recourse. Thanks Mike, you can count on us not to vote for you.

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OrganicGrl 2 years, 1 month ago

@heathera...Trash plans does not saves you money. My sister stays in Gwinnett County and her plan is only $14.37 per month. What is the difference between 14 trash companies in your neighborhood vs UPS, Fed Ex, Fed Ex Ground coming in and out of your neighbood on a daily basis.

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

OrganicGrl, I agree. We have 6 school buses a day as well driving in the neighborhood.

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

There's a pretty big difference between a 25 ton garbage truck and a UPS truck or school bus for that matter. HUGE difference.

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R 2 years ago

There sure is. UPS hasn't been run of town ..... YET

We NEED a single overnight service to cut down on traffic under a 10 year contract!

But if the roads built in Gwinnett are so inferior to start with, why isn't anyone questioning construction standards?

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nicholson 2 years ago

The trash provider I had before the plan used smaller trucks (no where near 25 tons) than the huge one I now have to have with Republic that drives thru the neighborhood twice on garbage day (once for garbage, once for recycle).

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Mack711 2 years ago

Our trash provider goes down our street 4 times a day. They have a boom that comes out and picks up the can on one side of the street then the other side of the street is done. So that makes 2 trips down one street not counting the recycle truck that does the same thing. Now part of our street is also in the city limits who also does the same thing. So that makes 8 trips down the same street. My employer let us bring trash to work and use his dumpster as an employee benefit. Had a gread deal until government got involved.

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R 2 years ago

The fortune has been "spent" with SDS and all the wonderful LEGAL fees paid to a slew of lawyers... Enjoy!

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R 2 years ago

You are correct; OBAMA care was rammed through in the open.

On the other hand, the trash plan was “bait and switched” on us all in Superior Court…

“What’s Political is Political, what’s Legal is Legal, the two DON’T meet and SHOULDN’T have to…

Source: Lawyer testimony during county presentation on trash consent agreement in Superior Court in 2010.

It’s what “SUCCESS!” looks like from the inside ...

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Coolray 2 years, 1 month ago

Drain the swamp! MB must go and go now!

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R 2 years, 1 month ago

Its a wetland so we need FEDERAL involvement first.

Oh that's right, the DOJ is already here so we can proceed now ...

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MajBubba 2 years, 1 month ago

In all of my dealings with Mike, he has been a no-nonsense, honest, straight shooter and he faces issues head-on without back-peddling. I've found him to be very knowledgeable on all facets of Gwinnett County business. If he doesn't know the answer, he will find it and get back with you. He has been a guest speaker at our Homeowners Association annual meeting and all were very impressed with his willingness to solve various issues that were of concern to our residents. In every case, he researched the issue, then promptly got back to the resident(s) with an answer. Although he has served two successful terms as a Commissioner, he is not your typical "bureaucrat politico" that pushes his own agenda that we have seen too often in elected positions. Mike has utilized his past experience on the Gwinnett County Commission to better understand the issues and vote responsibly to best respresent those in his precinct. I can say that I am proud of what he has done for our County, our seniors, and he has my backing for the future.

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R 2 years, 1 month ago

I guess you missed the opportunity to be called Borderline Insubordinate for your PUBLIC job appraisal…

Just read page 52 and then view the video link below. Everyone can have a bad day, but after being subjected to the Grand Jury experience and it's report would YOU personally slip so fast yourself?

If you didn’t attend you can see the recorded video on the Gwinnett County Website for yourself .

http://www.gwinnettcounty.com/portal/gwinnett/Departments/BoardofCommissioners/CommissionMeetingVideos

BOC Public Hearing August 23, 2011 Segement 2011-0761
Approval to clarify the actions previously approved bt yhe BOC on May 3, 2011, and May 17, 2011, related to the proposed privatization of Brisco Field. Time: 01:07:57 - 02:02:00

Last call for easy access to the Grand Jury report

Full Grand Jury 2009- 2010 PDF File http://www.ajc.com/multimedia/archive/00719/Read_the_full_grand_719640a.pdf

Commissioner Nasuti’s Addendum http://www.bobgriggs.com/commissioner-nasutis-addendum-to-the-gj-report/

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Floyd_Akridge 2 years, 1 month ago

MajBubba...you'll have to excuse R...we're just 33 hours from the beginning of the primary runoff and he's getting desperate. I'm sure monday will be very interesting around here.

Thanks for your support for Commissioner Beaudreau. I can't tell you the number of times I've heard your comments from other people. I'm with you...he's definitely earned our support.

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R 2 years, 1 month ago

Staff around GJAC absolutely LOVED the PUBLIC display of confidence in their work on behalf of our elected officials. They note your affection as well.

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

Floyd, for someone who says he is not associated with the Beaudreau campaign, your comments certainly do not represent that at all. I find it a bit desperate that YOU feel it necessary to vote the thumbs up on YOUR OWN comments on this blog - the facade you are trying to maintain that its just a few disgruntled voters that are unhappy is coming down. The 52% that voted against Beaudreau should be the clue.

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Floyd_Akridge 2 years, 1 month ago

Yep...do that all the time. I guess you are disappointed you didn't think of it first. Try some cheese with that whine.

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

No doubt, you are your biggest fan. I don't feel the need to vote for my own comments, they can stand on their own merit.

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Floyd_Akridge 2 years, 1 month ago

A comment stands or doesn't stand based on how many times someone clicks that icon? If that's the case you have torpedoed your own ship.

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BufordGuy 2 years, 1 month ago

I assume then that you agree with Mike on everything he does, because from what I've seen and heard he'd hate your guts if you didn't.

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Floyd_Akridge 2 years, 1 month ago

You haven't seen much apparently

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heathera 2 years, 1 month ago

Moving on to voters, I have calls to make and doors to knock on.

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R 2 years, 1 month ago

Just carry facts with you and enjoy the time!

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jack 2 years, 1 month ago

Mike once removed a thorn from the paw of my dog.

He is love.

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Floyd_Akridge 2 years, 1 month ago

What clown wrote this article in the first place? Mike Beaudreau was not the surprise victor 8 years ago. He finished first in the primary and convincingly won the runoff. Why...because he worked his tail off. What a bunch of nonsense.

See R is over here spewing his rhetoric in some vain hope of effecting the election. Somethings never change.

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R 2 years, 1 month ago

Because after all is said and done Floyd, in the end we KNOW it's ALL about YOU...

We know, we know (Smiles)

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NewsReader 2 years, 1 month ago

Oh, and this arrogance and stupidity demands a response. As to your question Floyd, if you were paying attention, Ms. Cammie Young wrote the article. It is prominently displayed at the top of the page. Learn how to read. If you want to compare Cammie Young's integrity to that of your own, well, knock yourself out. Funny though; you are just as pompous and arrogant as Beaudreau is! Birds of a feather...

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Floyd_Akridge 2 years ago

I'm a pompous and arrogant as Beaudreau is? Wow...thanks for the compliment.

We're not comparing her integrity...we're comparing facts. Beaudreau was not the surprise winner in 2004

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NewsReader 2 years ago

Yeah, and your pompous and arrogance and a quarter will get you one of those stupid little toys out of one of those gumball machines. What are you going to do with your pompousness and arrogance now big boy?

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Say_that_again 2 years, 1 month ago

One thing is obvious. Since neither seems qualified, an independent needs to run a write-in campaign in the general election regardless of the runoff winner. If only we could get away from party hacks in local politics!

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NewsReader 2 years, 1 month ago

Floyd, you've been singing this song for months over Beaudreau. I don't know this to be fact, but I have very strong suspicion that you are about to be unemployed because Beaudreau is about to be out of a job. Don't follow him too close; you just might run into the turn signals Beaudreau has mounted on his behind and break a bulb or something (like your nose perhaps). You, and a couple others here are nothing short of little puppets. On your action item list, where does monitoring and commenting on the GDP comments come into play? Mitty, why don't you learn another word besides "conjecture"? LOL, Your vocabulary is limited to about twenty big words that you know fluently, and that is about it! Post away boys and girls. There won't be anything for you to talk about in about 48 hours or so. And you people in District 3? Please do the world a favor, and show the distinguished gentleman the exit door on Tuesday!

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Floyd_Akridge 2 years ago

Lol...looks like you're another person who will be stuffed into the haters bar tomorrow night. Hope for yalls sake they have half priced drinks.

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R 2 years ago

Right along with old No Name Butch Conway we suppose... (Smiles)

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Karl 2 years, 1 month ago

I've had reason to contact Commissioner Beaudreau several times over the course of the past 6-8 years. He's responded all times except for once, and that time my correspondence to him was in the form of comments, not questions, and therefore didn't really need a reply.

He has not been involved with the corruption that other on the BoC have been in trouble for. From what I've read, he is one of the ones who helped root out some of the shenanigans of Lasseter.

Beaudreau has my vote again tomorrow. Hunter is someone I think we'll be sorry about if he gets elected.

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LoganvilleResident 2 years, 1 month ago

I've contacted Commissioner Beaudreau to ask him to talk to me about my stance on certain issues related to the county. My contact was always courteous and professional as I know being rude and/or ugly doesn't get results.

Not once has the man EVER bothered to respond to my contact attempts. Of course, I disagreed with his stated opinion at the time. One time I even called him out on his failure to respond - still NO RESULTS.

He lost my vote when I figured out he doesn't have time to respond to my concerns.

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jack 2 years, 1 month ago

Vote for Mike to show you are not a "hater".

Vote for Tommy to show you are not an idiot.

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nicholson 2 years, 1 month ago

Hilarious but true. Jack, I will be laughing about that comment all day.

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Floyd_Akridge 2 years ago

I'll be laughing tomorrow night.

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R 2 years ago

We will ALL alert Camie prior to press time...

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NewsReader 2 years ago

Laughing yet are ya Floyd? LOL!

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Don 2 years, 1 month ago

The best reason Mikey must go is that he is an incumbent. Shirley L. wore a wire for almost one year so I wonder if Mike is caught saying some things he should not have.

Mike is very rude to anyone who does not have his beliefs is the bottom line. His trash plan and the vote on the stadium is enough to put him on the street.

Vote Mike out is the best we can do for Gwinnett! The evil that we know has to be worse that the evil we do not know.

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gwinnettisgreat1 2 years ago

I challenge you all to look at Mike B's list of campaign donors. Then ask yourself, why do 5 people that work for BFI (trash company) and live in Barrow County care about the campaign of a guy in Gwinnett County? Why is that?

Plus, watch some videos on youtube of good old Mike at the County Commissioners meetings or his "moments with me" once a month that he thinks is an "open door" policy.

I hope he goes tomorrow.

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GeauxLSU 2 years ago

It appears the Boudreau supporters are nervous. Thank gooness. The BOC meetings I've attended and Mike's smug attitude around towards his constituents in general displayed at those meetings, the trash plan, his tenure during the one of the most corrupt boards ever, makes it more than obvious it's beyond time for him to go! He was either inexplicably clueless about the fleecing of the public or knew and was quiet. Which one makes you feel more comfortable with his abilities? The power of the incumbency is amazing and I suspect it'll defy logic yet again today. I'm glad so many are so happy with the trash tax. Maybe Mike can promote the county taking over newspapers, TV, phone service, etc. SUBMIT people. It's good for you. They know best.
For the sake of the county, get out today and vote for Tommy Hunter and watch the REAL and positive change that commission desperately needs take place!

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CD 2 years ago

It's time to take out the trash, District 3.

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Kent 2 years ago

Looks like it has just been taken out. I think maybe we should let Floyd throw it in the dumpster so maybe it will be less painful to MB.

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