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Commissioner John Heard to seek second term

John Heard

John Heard

Commissioner John Heard will seek a second term in office, he confirmed Tuesday.

After a heart attack earlier this year, Heard said he wanted people to know that he is in great physical condition and anxious to continue his public service.

“They said my heart is 10 years younger, and I feel 10 years younger,” the Lawrenceville man said. “I’m ready to do my job for the next four years.”

The District 4 commissioner said he plans to kickstart work in the new year to improve even further the county’s economic development.

“I want Gwinnett to be the best county in the country to do business,” he said, adding that he plans to set up a committee of leaders to look at any moves the county could make to improve the business climate.

The former state legislator also wants to explore some out-of-the-box transit options, including looking into a new bus solution and maybe even maglev trains to help people traveling to Atlanta.

“I could see connecting our Gwinnett Braves stadium and the malls to the downtown area,” Heard said.

Last month, former county economist Alfie Meek announced he would seek Heard’s seat, setting up a match-up in the Republican primary.