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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Loganville councilman completes overseas deployment

Camie Young

Camie Young

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Rey Martinez

It is fair to guess that Loganville will honor a veteran at its meeting next month.

Councilman Rey Martinez is hoping to be back for his first council session in more than a year, after returning to the country Monday.

"It's great to be back on U.S. soil," Martinez said during a phone interview from his Virginia naval base.

A petty officer first class in the Navy Reserves, Martinez spent his third deployment in Kuwait, Bahrain and Dubai, all the while keeping up with his council duties by calling in for meetings.

"With the latest and greatest technology, I was able to cast votes," Martinez said, adding that he was happy to do his part, missing only one meeting in a time when the city handled major business, including the opening of a liquor store and a car dealership.

While Martinez is not yet certain when he will be allowed to return to Georgia, he hopes to make the July 3 dedication of the city's town green, named for the late Mayor Ray Nunley.

And he said he looks forward to meeting Jay Boland, the newly elected councilman who will be sworn in July 11, along with Dan Curry, who will replace Nunley as mayor.

Martinez added that he is glad that his deployment has ended in time for his to qualify for another council race in August.

Sad news

Our condolences go out to Louise Radloff.

The long serving school board member lost her husband Richard this week, after an extended illness.

In his 83 years, Radloff had also been a servant for change, notably pioneering equal opportunity efforts for minorities and women in New York, prior to the family's move to Gwinnett in 1970, according to obituary information.

A celebration of the life of the father of three will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29 at the Richard Radloff Gym at the school named for his wife, Radloff Middle School.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation for Radloff Middle, the American Cancer Society for prostate cancer or Interlocking Communities, a nonprofit where he was a teacher.

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