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Former county economist announces bid for Gwinnett BOC

Alfie Meek

Alfie Meek

LAWRENCEVILLE — A former county economist has announced his intentions to run for a seat on the Gwinnett County Commission.

Alfie Meek, Gwinnett County’s former director of economic development, said Tuesday that he will seek the Republican nomination next year for District 4, which stretches from Lawrenceville to Buford. John Heard is the current District 4 commissioner.

“We need a competent and ethical leader who has the experience to make the tough decisions necessary in these challenging times to improve our economy, move Gwinnett forward and keep out county a great place to live and do business,” Meek said in his announcement.

Meek served as Gwinnett’s county economist from 2002 to 2011, when he left to take a job at Georgia Tech’s community innovation services group, which provides economic and fiscal analysis to communities across the state. He is also a former member of Leadership Gwinnett and, among several advanced degrees, has a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Georgia.

Meek said his chief goal as a county commissioner would be to help drive job growth.

“With my years of experience as Gwinnett’s economist, I understand what drives our county’s economy, how it has changed since the recession began and the challenges that come with slower growth,” he said. “On the commission, I will use my experience to attract high-paying, professional jobs to Gwinnett County to improve our economy and expand our tax base to reduce the tax burden on our families.”

He also referenced the corruption common in Gwinnett’s government in recent years.

“We cannot afford to have leaders who show up in negative headlines in a cloud of scandal that hurt the county’s reputation and scare businesses away,” Meek said. “I will provide the ethical leadership our county needs and our families deserve.”

Meek has been married to wife Pilar for 21 years and is a father to two sons, both students at Hebron Christian Academy. He teaches an adult Sunday school class at North Metro First Baptist Church and is very involved in the Boy Scouts of America, he said.