POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gingrich returns to Gwinnett, Snellville councilman injured in fatal crash

Camie Young

Camie Young

Newt Gingrich will bring another Georgia favorite to Gwinnett, when he campaigns here Saturday.

Gingrich, the GOP presidential candidate who used to represent this area in Congress, is returning for another visit prior to the March 6 presidential preference primary. He'll bring Herman Cain, a Georgia businessman who dropped out of the race last year.

The appearance is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Collins Hill High School, 50 Taylor Road in Suwanee, at the end of the Gwinnett County Republican Party mass meeting.

Bruce LeVell, the head of the county GOP, said doors will open at 9 a.m. and the meeting will begin promptly at 10, when delegates and precinct captains will be chosen to lead the 2012 election season.

The process, he said, "is critical," but he knows that the appearance of a presidential candidate could bring an even bigger crowd.

"Historically, a lot of candidates or elected officials like to show up and work the room," LeVell said, adding that the meeting is open to the public but there are qualifications to participate in the district chair process. "They've got everybody under one roof, so that's why they like to come."

Witts OK after crash

Snellville Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts is counting his blessings, after walking away from a horrific accident that left one person dead Wednesday.

Witts was stopped at a red light when a driver ran the intersection, launching over cars and landing upside down, pushing Witts' vehicle back about 10 feet.

"About three foot more and it would have been a much different situation. So thank God," Witts said of the wreck on Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker.

While several people were transported to the hospital in an ambulance and one reportedly died, Witts said he was able to walk away and drive himself to get checked out later. He has a sprained wrist and pulled muscles in his back but feels very lucky.

"It was a scary experience, but I'm healthy. I'm sure I'll be sore tomorrow," the councilman said. "I'm walking and talking."

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