As of Monday, February 27, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
DULUTH -- Shirley Fanning Lasseter will end her decades-long political career at the end of the year.
Lasseter announced Monday she would not seek a second term as a county commissioner.
"It's sad, but I've got a very good feeling of accomplishment," Lasseter said. "It's time for me to enjoy my family and my grandchildren."
After 14 years as Duluth's mayor, Lasseter joined the Board of Commissioners in 2009. Her term has been marked by the death of her husband and many health ailments.
"I'm proud of finishing up (a service delivery settlement with cities) and having a balanced budget and everybody getting along," Lasseter said of the struggles the board has gone through in recent years. "They are all complete and behind us. ... Nobody has to worry about that coming in after me. They've got a clean slate coming in."
So far, two people have announced they would seek the District 1 commission seat, which includes the Duluth and Suwanee area. Suwanee Councilman Jace Brooks and accountant Laurie McClain have both begun campaigns as Republicans.
Lasseter said she expected more people to enter the race, which will include a July primary and November general election.