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Nash, Conway, Porter uncontested for new terms

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.

Comments

pcjohn 2 years, 4 months ago

Won't somebody with a law degree run against that weak-kneed bum (when it comes to bad cops or politicians) named Dan Porter? Surely someone out there could help us out and put some political bums in jail.

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roaads1 2 years, 4 months ago

Pcjohn- The time for qualifying is over. Too late for anyone else to join the race. I know you're not happy with things right now but the bright side is Gwinnett is a very well run county. It's a safer county than any other around it, even Forsyth has worse crime problems. The reason for that is the leadership. I've changed my mind about a lot this year. Results are why no one else is running. They can't hope to convince the voters they could do a better job.

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pcjohn 2 years, 4 months ago

roaads1 - I've resided in Gwinnett over 30 years. Tho BOC and Porter have always been lackluster, bordering on foul. The reason for the reasonable lack of crime is the RESIDENTS, not the "leadership. If we all behaved like the "leadership, we'd be involved in crooked land deals and turning our heads for the illegalities of our friends.

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mickey 2 years, 4 months ago

Thank God Nash and Porter are still in!!!!!!!!! Gwinnett now has a chance to rise above the improprieties.

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R 2 years, 4 months ago

Lets just reserve judgement until we see how the appeals of Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle Dum turn out ...

Cause if anyone walks, there be some " xplainin' to do"...

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Jeff 2 years, 4 months ago

@Mustard, don't get pcjohn started, unfortunately he's not the brightest one on here. He loves to hurl stones but he has never backed up anything that he has said. For an example please see the comments that he will post in reply to this post.

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pcjohn 2 years, 4 months ago

I don't see your name there either. Does that make you a big mouth also? Anyway, by "bad cops" i refer to some of the egregious situations like the cops who were involved in tasering a service worker, etc; by "political bums" I refer to apparent cheaters like Bannister and Kenerly and by "weak-kneed" I refer to Porter's inaction in both of those cases I mentioned. You could have read those statements in earlier posts. You do read, don't you?

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roaads1 2 years, 4 months ago

Pcjohn-Jeff explained why Bannister was not prosecuted to any reasonable persons view, he's in the middle of trying to prosecute Kennerly, the cops you mentioned were all dealt with in my opinion more harshly that justice called for. Not real sure what you are looking for. Just trying to be fair.

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news2me 2 years, 4 months ago

"You could have read those statements in earlier posts. You do read, don't you?"

Your posts are not credible evidence of wrongdoing or inaction by Porter. Your OPINION is not fact. You do read, don't you? Then it is your job to research these cases and come back here and educate the rest of us since you have all the insider knowledge. You are right and the rest of us are wrong, except your new friend that posted ONCE with shifty googly eyes. EVIDENCE please!

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pcjohn 2 years, 4 months ago

Oh Jeff, you still putting out personal insults rather than facts or cogent arguments? I will refrain from doing the same for a while in deference to my father who advised me to never pick on the village idiot.

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news2me 2 years, 4 months ago

Where are your facts or proof pcjohn? Even your alias mystery poster with shifty google eyes couldn't come up with anything credible.

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pcjohn 2 years, 4 months ago

news2me - for the last time, I hope!!! Gwinnett cops DID tase a service worker and Porter did nothing about it. If you dispute that fact then don't bother responding since I'll relegate you to the group that still believes the Earth is flat. Second - Porter DID have Bannister by the tenders and allowed him to go free by resigning rather than prosecuting that devil for his crooked land dealings. For those two reasons, among others, I called Porter weak-kneed. Do you understand now?

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Jeff 2 years, 4 months ago

pcjohn, i still don't get it. What do you know about either case? Specifics, plea deals offered, evidence, mitigating evidence, other factors, anything at all??? The problem is that you don't know anything about either case except that the outcomes were not satisfactory to you. So instead of giving Danny (who has all of the facts) the credit that he deserves after doing an outstanding job for this county for 31 years, you choose to bash him and call him names in a public forum.

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news2me 2 years, 4 months ago

Typical. You toss insults towards other posters that don't agree with you, you refuse to give specifics of each case that you are not happy with, then run off in a little tantrum and won't man up with facts. Just two instances you are unhappy with over years of service to Gwinnett, is that the best you can do?

Seems politically correct john needs to educate all of us on his knowledge since he knows all that goes on in Gwinnett and the rest of us don't.

For the last time, please come back with something credible - if you can't do that then don't bother responding. Occupy Gwinnett is looking for people like you. The only requirement to join it seems is to have conspiracy theories and a tin-foiled hat.

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kevin 2 years, 4 months ago

This is a very sad time in our political arena when candidates are not being challenged by anyone. Mostly for lack of money. Politicians spend more on campaigns than their 4 yrs salary. Kind of tells you what they want out of being elected: greed and power. When a person runs unopposed, we should not vote at all.

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DBannister 2 years, 3 months ago

It still puzzles me why people can't see the writing on the wall right in front of them. I'm also tired of hearing all you Bannister bashers still writing your unfounded comments. It is very obvious why Porter did not go after Bannister when he resigned. Danny Porter and Butch Conway and several others did not want Bannister from the very beginning. WHY?? Because he was not part of the Good Ole Boy Club. He was trying to balance the budget and they did not want to cooperate. Charles Bannister was never accused of taking kick backs on land deals or anything else. They were going to TRY to indict him on perjury, for something he did not remember from two years before. When he went back and checked his calendar and found he had had a meeting with the subject Developer, he went back and corrected his statement. But it didn't matter. Porter wanted him gone, and that was all.

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Dubbin 2 years, 3 months ago

Sorry but Porter endorsed Bannister then didn't lift a finger to do anything to him even though he could have prosecuted him. Bannister had something like 8 or 9 campaign finance violations dating back to when he ran against Emory Morseberger - at that time there were considerable ethical questions surrounding the Lilburn library site which Bannister was the real estate broker on. No, the fact of the matter is that Bannister and the people who rode into office with him (Shirley Lasseter comes to mind) have been proven to be crooks who had their hand in the cookie jar on a number of library, park land and garbage transfer station deals. I've been in Gwinnett a very long time and Bannister has always run with the wrong crowd and been involved with unethical deals.

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DBannister 2 years, 3 months ago

Dubbin, I don't know who you are, but I have been in Gwinnett County a LONG time even before my last name became Bannister. I highly resent your comment about running with the wrong crowd. I know the people who supported him, not all, but do not feel that I run with an unethical crowd. IF Porter could have prosecuted Bannister, but didn't and let him go, how many other felons has he let go? I know Charles Bannister and I know he is not a thief. You may not like him, but before you cast stones and accusations, have your facts straight. I also can't believe you are still hanging on to the Library story. That was settled and explained YEARS ago. Some people are too hard headed to accept the true facts when they are right in front of them.

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