A former state legislator is seeking the chairmanship of the Gwinnett GOP.
Gene Callaway, who served in the Georgia House from 1999-2003, announced his candidacy for the job at a Republican Party breakfast earlier this month, promising new ideas, energy and volunteers to the Republican cause.
Bruce LeVell, the first black man to serve in the position, stepped back from the role late last year. LeVell said the opening of another jewelry store and caring for both his elderly parents and his in-laws are keeping him from seeking another term.
"I had a great time," he said. "But it's a season. It's time to let some new blood come in and give new ideas."
Callaway said he is the man for the job, which will be determined by the delegates to the March 9 county GOP convention.
The CEO of a manufacturing company, Callaway volunteers with the city of Doraville and serves as the police department's public information officer. He is a longtime Republican volunteer who has served as sergeant at arms at both county and state conventions for the past several years.
"My background in public service, as well as my experience running my own business and working with people from all walks of life on a daily basis, makes me uniquely suited to take on the leadership of the Gwinnett GOP," Callaway said in a press release. "The Republican Party must spend the next two years spreading our message of fiscal and personal responsibility to every corner of Gwinnett, starting in those areas where Republicans traditionally have not performed well," he said. "I have never been more confident in our message or our principles, but I know that we must not overlook any voter."
Convention delegates will be elected at precinct mass meetings Feb. 9.
Learn the State of the County this week
This week could be a big one on Gwinnett's political scene.
Not only do legislators return to the Gold Dome on Monday, but Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash will give her annual State of the County Address on Wednesday.
You can still sign up for the luncheon, sponsored by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and Council for Quality Growth.
For information about the event, scheduled for noon at the Gwinnett Center, go to www.gwinnettstateofthecounty.com. Tickets are $75 for members of the organizations or $100 for non-members.
Once again, the GDP will stream video of the speech live on our website. To view it, go to www.gwinnetdailypost.com.
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