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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Legislators receive conservative kudos

Four local legislators have taken home honors from the American Conservative Union.

State Rep. Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, was named a “Defender of Liberty” by the organization, while Sens. David Shafer, R-Duluth, Renee Unterman, R-Buford and Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, were bestowed with Conservative Awards.

“The ACU has a long history of advocacy for conservative values and I am proud to receive this honor from them,” said Sheldon, who is running for the 10th District congressional seat in a 2014 race. “They are in synch with the values of Georgians and particularly those in the 10th Congressional District and their support means a lot to me.”

Shafer, the Senate’s president pro tem, said: “I appreciate this recognition of my efforts to promote conservative ideals. I share ACU’s commitment to promoting individual freedom and traditional values.”

Unterman said she was “deeply honored” by the recognition.

“Since being elected to public office, I have worked tirelessly to promote public policy initiatives based on strong, conservative values and leadership,” said the woman who has held office from mayor of Loganville to county commissioner before joining the legislature.

Millar, whose district includes Peachtree Corners, added: “Conservative principles provide a commonsense approach to state and local governance and are important to safeguarding our personal liberties for future generations.”

Carden to seek Duluth post

With a qualifying period for city ballots coming up in a week, candidates are starting to talk about their races.

Late last week, a young Duluth man said he would seek Post 2.

Kirkland Carden, 25, grew up in the city and has been quick to get involved. He is a 2011 graduate of Duluth’s L.E.A.D. Academy and has been a member of the Duluth Urban Redevelopment Authority since 2011 and the Zoning Board of Appeals since 2012.

“The city of Duluth has proven to be a city that can attract and retain major corporations and businesses without sacrificing its character,” Carden said. “I am running because I am committed to the city’s economic development while preserving the characteristics that set Duluth apart from other metro Atlanta communities.”

Woodall to host town hall meetings

People interested in hearing from U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall will have many chances this week.

At home for the August recess, Woodall is planning two tele-town hall meetings, as well as Gwinnett and Forsyth events.

For details about how to log onto the telephone events — scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday and noon Friday — go to www.woodall.house.gov.

On Tuesday, Woodall will be at the Forsyth County Administration Building in Cumming at 7 p.m. He will be at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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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