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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Shafer named 'Georgian of the Year'

David Shafer

David Shafer

The honors keep coming for David Shafer, the Duluth state legislator who was named Senate president pro tempore this year.

Shafer was named "Georgian of the Year" by James Magazine. He shares the title in the March/April 2013 issue of the magazine with Attorney General Sam Olens, a former Cobb Commission chairman.

"We chose David Shafer as one of our two 'Georgians of the Year' because of his extraordinary career, his considerable influence in matters related to state government, and his potential to remain a substantial leader in Georgia for many years to come," said Matt Towery, publisher of James Magazine and CEO of InsiderAdvantage. "For us he was a logical, and in fact, a very obvious choice for 2013 Georgian of the Year."

Shafer said the recognition was an honor.

"I am a longtime reader of James Magazine, and I have always appreciated its insightful coverage of Georgia politics," he said.

Town hall schedule

Commissioners will continue a spring series of town hall meetings with two events this week.

Residents are invited to share their thoughts and ideas about the county government and its services in the sessions, promised by Chairwoman Charlotte Nash as a means to rebuild public trust.

With the business beginning at 7 p.m., the events will begin with an open house at 6:15 p.m., where representatives from county departments will be available to answer questions.

On Tuesday, April 30, the meeting will be held at the George Pierce Park Community Center at 55 Buford Highway in Suwanee, and on Wednesday, May 1, the session will be at Grayson High School, located at 50 Hope Hollow Road in Loganville.

A final session is planned for May 9 at Lucky Shoals Park at 4651 Britt Road in Norcross.

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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