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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Earlier campaign launched in Dacula

A special purpose local option sales tax referendum won’t be the only issue before Gwinnett voters.

In two House districts, voters will choose new state representatives, after Rep. Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, announced this week she is resigning in order to focus on her 2014 congressional campaign. (Rep. Brian Thomas, D-Lilburn, resigned earlier this summer to take a job opportunity in another state.)

After Sheldon’s announcement, one politician was quick to say he would be on the ballot.

Chuck Efstration, who announced in April he would seek to replace Sheldon on 2014 ballots, said he would run in the special election, which was planned to take advantage of the fact polls would already be open for the sales tax referendum.

“Although we were not expecting a Special Election when this campaign was first announced, I am excited for the opportunity to discuss the critical issues of government reform, improving our economy, education and transportation,” Efstration said. “The last few days have been a whirlwind. The calls of support and fundraising commitments have been overwhelming. I am excited that Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be headlining a fundraiser for me in the coming weeks.”

A former prosecutor who once lead the Gwinnett Republican Party, Efstration also received endorsements last week from Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks and his former boss, District Attorney Danny Porter.

“As the mayor of Dacula, I believe we need a leader who will listen to us, stand up for us and work hard to keep our community strong,” Wilbanks said. “That’s why I am proudly endorsing Chuck Efstration. I know he will provide the energetic leadership we deserve, and I ask you to join me in voting for him.”

After a good start to the campaign this summer, Efstration said he is excited about the earlier vote.

“I look forward to earning the trust and support of all the voters in District 104,” he said. “You can rest assured that if elected, I will provide the energetic conservative leadership and bold ideas our families expect and deserve.”

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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