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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gwinnettians make influential list

Listed along with the House Speaker, mayor of Atlanta and Georgia's representatives in Washington, some notable Gwinnettians made Georgia Trend's annual list of 100 Most Influential Georgians.

The magazine noted Gwinnett Congressman Hank Johnson, as well as County Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash among the top leaders in the state.

Nash, the Republican from Dacula, recently took her second oath of office, making 2013 the start of her first full term as a county elected official after taking over the post in 2011. The report noted her aim to improve public trust after public scandals lead to the end of the careers of three commissioners and sent one to prison.

Among the list of college presidents, business executives and even a poet laureate, is Todd Long, the Lilburn man who is deputy commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation. Long recently played a key role in creating the statewide transportation plan.

Emory Morsberger, a former lawmaker, also made the list.

The Lilburn man became one of Gwinnett's biggest supporters of revitalization, helping create the Evermore Community Improvement District and sparking a surge in interest in the county seat, before he lost much of his land in the recent housing bust.

But now the 57-year-old is back to work as president of the newly formed Stone Mountain CID. His goal with the group is to create 2,000 new jobs by cleaning up and filling up millions of square feet of vacant industrial space, the report said.

The runners-up -- that is, the list of 2013 Notable Georgians -- includes Nick Masino of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, State Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth, who is set to become the Senate President Pro Tem, and Chuck Warbington of the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District.

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.

For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/politics.

Comments

NorcrossDot 1 year, 3 months ago

Oh my, I laughed and laughed at this list. Johnson? A joke. Nash a RINO. I could go on and on.

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DavidBrown 1 year, 3 months ago

Congressman Hank Johnson is indeed influential. I am thrilled he is now the Congressman for my area of Snellville.

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birdnbee 1 year, 3 months ago

Morsberger, really!?! What a joke!!!

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kevin 1 year, 3 months ago

No wonder Snellville sounds like Chicago! That sums it all up. And the Mayor of Atlanta? A joke also. All he knows is how to give his cronies business for money/votes. All the years of progress made in Atlanta have been going downhill ever since he became Mayor. (tax & spend). Does that sound familiar?

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SuxBeanU 1 year, 3 months ago

this sounds more like a list of potiential suspects, not influential people.Why are some people so enthralled with politicians? all they do is feed off the taxpayers.influential? I don't think so!

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jack 1 year, 3 months ago

It's not specified if they are good influences or bad........

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NewsReader 1 year, 3 months ago

That is indeed funny. Now was it a list of "influential" people or a list of "notorious" people? LOL, why doesn't it surprise me that DavidBrown thinks so highly of Hank "Guam is gonna tip over" Johnson? I guess one moonbat deserves another.

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