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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Chamber surveys candidates on business issues

Gwinnett's Chamber of Commerce released a survey from candidates seeking offices in the county.

The survey is focused on business issues and job creation and was sent to candidates for local, state and federal offices.

"It is vitally important that voters can identify candidates who are committed to supporting economic development and job growth," said Raymer Sale, 2012 chairman of the Gwinnett Chamber board. "Commitment to strengthening our community and improving quality of life should be priority No. 1."

Questions hit on economic development, education, legal and regulatory reforms, as well as transportation.

"While the Chamber does not endorse candidates, we believe it is essential that local candidates understand key issues and priorities that impact our economy and business community," said Jann Moore, vice president of public policy, leadership, and education at the Gwinnett Chamber.

To view 2012 candidate survey results, visit www.GwinnettChamberPublicPolicy.com.

Balfour receives endorsement

Sen. Don Balfour received an endorsement from a key conservative group, in his quest for another term.

Balfour's strong record on 2nd Amendment issues earned him an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund.

"This endorsement by NRA backs up my campaign's message: the people of the 9th Senate District are looking for a proven conservative leader, and that's what I have worked to provide them during my time in the Senate," Balfour said. "I am honored that the NRA recognized that record in their endorsement."

The Republican from Snellville is challenged by Travis Bowden and Steve Ramey in the upcoming primary July 31.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/politics.

Comments

R 1 year, 9 months ago

Hers the direct Chamber survey page link so you don't waste time in the TSPLOST rah rah sections

http://gwinnettchamberpublicpolicy.com/election-2012/

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rco1847 1 year, 9 months ago

aahahhahahahahahah, Is this the same Chamber that supported privatizing and commercializing Briscoe which would have been a vortex for Federal, State and local tax money for years to come, while wrecking neighborhoods, bringing blight, destroying life quality and usurping the will of the people? Is that the same Chamber of Communists? It;s time for democratic enterprise and free enterprise and not Influencial enterprise. We know how that works from the 4th district BOC member.

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MissDaisyCook 1 year, 9 months ago

Nothing like a sore winner. The "anti" crowd won the battle on selfishness, insults and intimidation; not fact and reason.

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Karl 1 year, 9 months ago

MissDaisyCook, you are so right.

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R 1 year, 9 months ago

The anti crowd (and the rest of us chickens for that matter) WON when it was revealed the “Emperor had no clothes” proposal had no meat.

Clara Peller of “Where’s the BEEF ?” fame would’ve been PROUD.

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rco1847 1 year, 9 months ago

VOTE NO on TSPLOST - They only let us vote when they want a new tax. We never have a say on how the money is spent.

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rco1847 1 year, 9 months ago

The Chamber didn't seem to notice the we had 3 Board Mambers resign in disgrace recently and there are only five seats. A fouth one may be joining them. These people were all pro-business, or, so they said.

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Jan 1 year, 9 months ago

Thanks, R, for the direct link. Having looked at many of the responses, I am not sure which I find more outrageous. The obvious echoing of party line talking points with a total lack of original ideas or the apathy of candidates that will not even make an effort to respond. Why can't we get a slate of politicians that think for themselves representing Georgia?

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Cleanupguy 1 year, 9 months ago

Perhaps the problem is the voters - for the most part we get what we want. A blindly partisan, factless, clueless public that doesn't participate (as in actually show up to vote) is at the root of our current mess. Recall that Bannister and Kenerly were re-elected, when better alternatives were clearly available and evidence of what they were was glaringly obvious. Only about 60% of those eligible are even registered to vote, and lately turnout has been in the teens. Those that do show up are for the most part clueless. I've worked the polls for years, and I'm thinking that we should install fast food type picture ballots - vote for the one that looks the most like yourself.

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Jan 1 year, 9 months ago

Unfortunately you are right.

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kevin 1 year, 9 months ago

Let's not forget Lassister, who "slept" with developers too. Balfour must go also.

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Kent 1 year, 9 months ago

The NRA endorsement is meaningless as far as helping to make an informed decision of who to vote for. The NRA has given money to such characters as Harry Reid and John Murtha. Balfour is a career politician who needs to be voted out

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