POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Coleman, Rice receive House chairmanships

Camie Young

Camie Young

Gwinnett's legislators will continue to take on high profile roles, as the state House's committee assignment list released Wednesday.

The House delegation has fewer long-term lawmakers than the Senate one, so only two were given committee chairmanships -- Duluth's Brooks Coleman as Education chair and Peachtree Corner's Tom Rice as the head of Motor Vehicles. (Barrow Rep. Terry England still has the highly coveted Appropriations chairmanship.)

But many of the representatives were tapped for secondary leadership slots, including vice chairmanships to Rep. Brett Harrell, R-Snellville, Budget and Fiscal Oversight; Rep. David Casas, R-Lilburn, Education and Higher Education; Rep. Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville, Governmental Affairs; Rep. B.J. Pak, R-Lilburn, Judiciary-non-civil; Rep. Josh Clark, R-Buford, Small Business Development; and Rep. Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, Transportation.

Several also received secretarial posts.

For a full listing, click the document at left or go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/politics. Information about the Senate positions can also be found there.

Little runs for county GOP chair

Another GOP activist has announced her race to lead the county party.

Rachel Little, who served as state co-chair of both the Herman Cain and Mitt Romney presidential campaigns, announced last week she will be a candidate for Gwinnett GOP chairman at the county convention March 9.

"My background and experience working for candidates both within Gwinnett and around the State make me especially qualified to serve as the next chairman of the Gwinnett GOP," Little said. "I understand more than most that now is the time to have a serious discussion about the direction of the Gwinnett GOP and we must have leadership with a vision and mission to use our strong foundation and make bold choices for our future."

The southern Gwinnett resident said she would use technology, education, and community and civic outreach to build the party, "so that the Gwinnett GOP will become a magnet to those who share our Republican principles of limited government, personal and fiscal responsibility, traditional values, and the rule of law."

In a Facebook post, a letter endorsing Little's candidacy was signed by a slew of GOP activists, including Rep. Austin Scott, state Rep. Tom Kirby, R-Loganville, and the GOP chairs of Muscogee, Rockdale, Newton, Bibb and Barrow counties, along with former Gwinnett GOP chair Chuck Efstration.

Former state Rep. Gene Callaway has also announced a campaign for the job, which will be determined by delegates chosen at mass meetings next month.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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