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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Fundraising positive for local candidates

The money is rolling in for local candidates, according to some reports from the first quarter of 2013.

State Rep. Donna Sheldon, the Dacula woman who is running for Congress, raised $210,000 for next year's campaign, and she has $175,000 on hand.

"In this economy, the generosity of Georgians has been overwhelming and I am deeply grateful for all of this support," Sheldon said. "We will clearly have the resources we need to get the campaign's message out but this also shows a level of grassroots backing that is really encouraging."

Chuck Efstration, who is seeking Sheldon's state House seat, also announced a successful start to fundraising. On his first campaign disclosure report, he reported $22,650 cash on hand since entering the race in April.

"I am humbled by the outpouring of support I have received since announcing for my campaign for State House," said Efstration, a former assistant district attorney who now has a private practice. "It is an honor to have so many people get behind the campaign so early in the process. This cash on hand is a testament to the growing momentum of the campaign. The people of District 104 want a conservative champion that will deliver bold, new ideas for our future.

"Over the next year, I will continue to work hard to personally earn the trust and support of the people," he continued. "If elected to the State House, I will provide new, energetic leadership that will work to reform government, implement a fair tax in Georgia, protect our schools and help attract high-quality jobs to ensure our families in this district and this State have a bright future."

In the race to replace U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss next year, disclosures are due Monday.

But Congressman Jack Kingston says he is well on his way to raising $1 million for the race.

In a statement, the Savannah Republican said he has raised more than $800,000.

"We are grateful for the generosity of our donors and for the many Georgians who have signed on to help our efforts," Kingston said. "We will continue working to build the war chest and grassroots team necessary to mount an aggressive campaign ensuring Georgia has a conservative voice in the Senate."

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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