Leaders in the three major cities of Gwinnett Commission District 1 all back the same candidate.
Last week, Jace Brooks, a former Suwanee councilman, announced endorsements from every single mayor and councilman in his district, along with the backing of Sheriff Butch Conway.
"It is an honor to have earned such an outpouring of support from respected elected officials, community leaders and citizens across District 1 and Gwinnett County," said Brooks, who faces accountant Laurie McClain in the upcoming GOP primary. "These leaders understand, just as our citizens do, that we need someone on the County Commission with the competence and character to restore trust in county government and lead Gwinnett to renewed excellence."
Conway had high praise.
"Now more than ever, we need ethical leaders we can trust in county government. That's why I am supporting Jace Brooks," the sheriff said. "He is a proven leader that has the character and competence we need."
The municipal leaders cited Brooks' experience in city government as the reason for their endorsements.
"As the mayor of Duluth, I have known Jace for several years, and I have been proud to work with him on many issues affecting the cities in Gwinnett," Duuth's Nancy Harris said. "He is a true leader and has an impressive record from serving on the Suwanee City Council. I want Jace Brooks representing the city of Duluth and myself."
Duluth Councilmembers Marsha Anderson Bomar, Jim Dugan, Billy Jones, Kelly Kelkenberg and Greg Whitlock all sent their support as well.
"For Gwinnett County Commission, the choice is clear -- Jace Brooks," Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette said, adding that his record was positive during the 10 years the two served on the council together. "Just look at what Suwanee has been able to accomplish while we've cut taxes and spending. That's why we need Jace on the County Commission."
The endorsement came with the rest of the Suwanee council -- Dan Foster, Dick Goodman, Beth Hilscher, Doug Ireland and Kevin McOmber.
Sugar Hill's council also chipped in, with kudos from Councilmembers Marc Cohen, Steve Edwards, Susie Gajewski, Curtis Northrop and Mike Sullivan.
"District 1 needs a leader with honesty and character. That is what you get with Jace Brooks," Mayor Gary Pirkle said. "His experience with the Suwanee City Council and Gwinnett Municipal Association will benefit Sugar Hill and all of Gwinnett County."
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