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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Commission candidate announces endorsement, initiative

Camie Young

Camie Young

A commissioner candidate is glad to have the backing of a citizens group in his race for the District 3 board seat.

Mike Korom, a Dacula businessman, announced an endorsement from Gwinnett Citizens for Responsible Government, which began involvement in the commission during budget woes several years ago and remained active during recent land controversies and even the airport debate.

In the press release announcing the endorsement, the citizens group's Sabrina Smith said to Korom, "I also like your everyman approach to our local problems as you take a personal approach to problem solving and are willing to listen to all sides of an issue.

Korom has challenged incumbent District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau. Former Snellville Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer has also announced a race. All three are Republicans.

In the release, Korom also announced an initiative he is calling the "Learning to Learning 316 Corridor." He is calling for a voluntary task force involving Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia and Georgia Gwinnett College as well as surrounding businesses to work to draw more business to the Ga. 316 corridor.

"It's time to take a much talked about future and make it a reality," he said.

Fundraiser set

Former Judge Richard Winegarden is hosting a fundraiser for his race to return to the bench.

Winegarden, a former Superior Court judge, is one of several candidates for an open seat on the Gwinnett State Court bench.

His fundraiser is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27 at 550 Trackside, 550 North Clayton St.

Anyone wishing to attend may RSVP at Richard@richardwinegarden.com or call 678-995-6602.

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.

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