LAWRENCEVILLE — After a year on the job, Charlotte Nash has no need to campaign to continue as Gwinnett’s chairwoman.
Nash unofficially won her first full term last week, when no one qualified to run against her this year in the office she took over after a special election in 2011.
While last week’s qualifying set up plenty of contests for elected office, it left many of Gwinnett’s leaders bound for more service, including District Attorney Danny Porter, who was elected 20 years ago, and Sheriff Butch Conway, who has been on the job for 16 years.
Richard Steele, who took over for long-time Tax Commissioner Katherine Meyer when she retired last year, earned his first full term, although Clerk of Court Richard Alexander, who took over when predecessor Tom Lawler died in office, faces a November contest.
And while contestants lined up to replace three retiring judges, no one challenged the other jurists.
All three of Gwinnett’s congressmen face primary challenges and two of the three also drew November challenges.
Open seats in the General Assembly caused by redistricting caused an abundance of people to step forward to file paperwork. And some incumbents face challenges this election season.
But the following incumbents earned new terms, unless someone qualifies as a write-in candidate: Sens. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, Steve Henson, D-Tucker, Renee Unterman, R-Buford, and David Shafer, R-Duluth, and Reps. Josh Clark, R-Buford, Hugh Floyd, D-Norcross, Brian Thomas, D-Lilburn, Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville, Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, Brett Harrell, R-Snellville, David Casas, R-Lilburn, and B.J. Pak, R-Lilburn.
Incumbent school board members Carole Boyce, Mary Kay Murphy and Louise Radloff all face competition in November, while Gwinnett commission contests are slated for July, when District 3’s Mike Beaudreau faces three Republican challengers, Tommy Hunter, Mike Korom and Jerry Oberholtzer, and the GOP’s Jace Brooks and Laurie McClain will square off to replace District 1’s Shirley Lasseter, who is retiring.