Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Jerry Oberholtzer retired following his 12-year stint as Snellville's top elected official.
Incumbent Mike Beaudreau's decision to seek re-election hasn't scared Jerry Oberholtzer away from the District 3 commission race.
Oberholtzer, the former mayor of Snellville, made his campaign official, released a statement saying he would seek the commission job in this year's Republican primary.
"Knowinghow to govern effectively, building consensus, treating constituents with courtesy and respect and sticking to Republican principles will be the hallmark of my campaign and service," said Oberholtzer, who in his early days in Snellville politics was part of a contentious council but worked to bring people together at the end of his term, which ended late last year. "Good schools, low crime, attractive neighborhoods: I want to build on those things and make them better."
Commission District 3 stretches from Centerville and Snellville east to Dacula and Braselton. Oberholtzer said he and his wife Roxann have lived in that area for nearly 30 years.
"I know we've had our share of problems in Gwinnett, but when the cook burns the biscuits, you don't need to remodel the kitchen. Gwinnett's Third District needs a new cook," Oberholtzer in an announcement press release.
"Dishonest land deals, unbid sweetheart contracts, airport proposals that ruin neighborhoods and grand jury investigations have resulted in a disconnect and a loss of faith in government," he added. "These are tough economic times and just saying no to everything like Mike Beaudreau has done for eight years isn't working. Being negative drives away business and pours a cold bucket of water on progress and job growth. I'll work to make Gwinnett the most business friendly county in Georgia."
Oberholtzer said he plans to offer solutions and continue the work he did in Snellville to keep taxes low, balance spending, protect neighborhoods and clear the county's traffic gridlock.
"I look forward to a spirited campaign, grounded in the issues, leading the way to a new direction for Gwinnett, a direction that focuses on the people already here, the people that have worked hard, paid taxes and built our communities," Oberholtzer said. "So at the end of four years, we can say to our children and their children we left Gwinnett better than we found it."
In addition to Beaudreau seeking a third term, Dacula man Mike Korom has also announced a race for the seat.Town hall setU.S. Rep. Rob Woodall will meet with constituents in a town hall meeting Tuesday.
The first in a series of events throughout his 7th District, which includes Forsyth and Monroe, Woodall will appear at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville.
Another town hall meeting is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, at Loganville Middle School.
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