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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gwinnett women honored for political work

Sabrina Smith of Gwinnett Citizens for Responsible Government will receive a Democracy Award from Common Cause Georgia for her work in an open records lawsuit against Gwinnett government and Chamber officials involving the spending of tax dollars.

Sabrina Smith of Gwinnett Citizens for Responsible Government will receive a Democracy Award from Common Cause Georgia for her work in an open records lawsuit against Gwinnett government and Chamber officials involving the spending of tax dollars.

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Peg Murray shows off a Diamond Award bestowed upon the Greater Gwinnett Republican Women from the National Federation for Republican Women

Gwinnett women gained top honors this week in a couple of categories.

A Gwinnett woman was among the winners of the Common Cause Georgia’s Democracy Awards.

Sabrina Smith of Gwinnett Citizens for Responsible Government will be recognized at a reception Sunday, Nov. 10 for the honor, given by the ethics watchdog group.

The Suwanee woman, who filed an open records lawsuit against the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, county commission and school board for failing to disclose how tax dollars given to the Chamber are being used to benefit the public.

While open records advocates are watching the case for its impact on open records, officials have since created a public funding entity for the Partnership Gwinnett funds given by city and county governments and the school board to create more transparency in the process.

According to Common Cause’s press release, Smith is “dedicating her award to her attorney, Chris McClurg for his willingness to take on a case that many lawyers turned down out of fear of retribution.”

Other winners of the awards include Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and Fayette Commission Chairman Steve Brown.

Tickets for the reception, which will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Chastain Horse Park Clubhouse, can be purchased at www.commoncause.org/DemocracyAwards.

Also this week, Greater Gwinnett Republican Women (GGRW) picked up The Diamond Award, the highest award presented by the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) at the Marietta convention of the Georgia Federation of Republican Women.

With members Linda Williams, Sara Snyder, Bettye Chambers and Carol Field looking on, GGRW president Peg Murray accepted the honor, which was given for excellence in membership development, programs, campaign activities and community relations.

“I am so proud of every member of our club, each of whom contributed to this award,” Murray said. “The Diamond Award is a testament to our adherence to solid conservative ideals through our work and time on Republican causes.”

The GGRW meets the second Monday of the month at the Uptown Grille in Suwanee. For more information, go to the web site at www.ggrw.org.

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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