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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Marin to seek re-election, fundraisers set

The list will become official this week, when candidates finally file paperwork to get on the ballot.

But another local legislator went ahead and announced his re-election bid last week.

State Rep. Pedro "Pete" Marin announced he would seek his sixth term in the General Assembly.

Marin, who became one of the first Latinos ever elected to serve under the Gold Dome in 2002, represents District 96, which is centered in the Duluth area.

"As a five-term incumbent, I am eager to return to the Legislature and continue working to help Georgia," Marin said in a press release. "We have started taking the first steps in rebuilding Georgia, but there is much left to do. In my 10 years I have been able to gain the legislative experience and build the necessary relationships to effectively represent the people of the 96th District at the State Capitol."

Months ago, Duluth activist Mark Williams announced he would seek the Republican nod for the seat, but Marin, a Democrat, said experience is important for the work ahead.

"In the weeks and months ahead, I look forward to visit and meet with my constituents, including many voters who are new to our district as the result of reapportionment," he said. "I am eager to hear your concerns and views on the issues facing our state."Fundraisers setA spate of local leaders are hoping for a campaign infusion this week.

State Court Judge Carla Brown will be toasted in an event Tuesday, hosted by several big local businessmen and lawyers, including her campaign chairman Gerald Davidson Jr. and treasurer Bartow Morgan.

Brown made recent headlines, named in a suit between former Chairman Charles Bannister and Sheriff Butch Conway, Brown's husband.

Tuesday's event is billed as a reception, so a contribution is not required to attend the 5:30 p.m. event, held at Mahaffey Pickens Tucker law firm in Lawrenceville.

Another fundraiser is scheduled for Tuesday to support seven legislators, including three Gwinnettians.

The event, set for 3 to 5 p.m. at Fado in Atlanta, is a joint fundraiser for Republican Reps. Buzz Brockway of Lawrenceville, Josh Clark of Buford and Brett Harrell of Snellville, along with colleagues John Carson, Mike Dudgeon, Terry Rogers and Sam Teasley.Local on confirmation committeeHarrell was named this week to a House subcommittee tapped to hold confirmation hearings on the governor's choice for the new director of planning at the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Harrell was named to the job by House Transportation Committee Chairman Jay Roberts.

He will join 10 others, including Barrow Rep. Tommy Benton, in recommending the appointment of Toby Carr to the position, which was recently vacated by Lilburn man Todd Long, who was named DOT deputy director.

"It is my great honor to accept Chairman Roberts' appointment to the Special Subcommittee on Confirmations," Harrell said in a press release. "I look forward to discussing with the governor's nominee, Mr. Carr, his vision for Georgia's future transportation investments."

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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