POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Former postmaster wants to serve in House post

With qualifying set for a special election this November, a second candidate has emerged in the state House race for Dacula’s District 104.

Tim Puckett, a lifelong resident of the area who retired as Dacula’s postmaster, plans to seek the post, which Donna Sheldon resigned from in order to focus on a 2014 congressional campaign.

“I consider myself to be a public servant and hopefully helped many people during my time there,” at the post office, said Puckett, who now works for Tim Stewart Funeral Home.

With his mother as a retired educator and both of his children now working as teachers, Puckett said education is a key issue for him.

“I am running on a platform of ‘common sense’ with conservative values,” said Puckett, who lives outside of Buford. “I desire to continue to be a servant to mankind. I solicit your support and prayers as I keep working for you.”

On Friday, Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced that a candidate qualifying period will be held Sept. 16 through 18 for the race, which former GOP Chairman Chuck Efstration is also running in.

Candidates can also file paperwork during that time for House District 100, the Lilburn-area district from which Brian Thomas resigned to take a job out of state.

Hembree to make Sugar Hill council run

With Steve Edwards slated to become the next mayor of Sugar Hill, as the only candidate to qualify last month, another local man has stepped in to run for Edward’s council seat.

Brandon Hembree, a Berkmar High grad who is the past president of the Glen at Level Creek homeowners association, said he will compete in the Nov. 5 special election.

“As many in the Sugar Hill community know, it has been my life long desire to be active in public service and serve my communit,” Hembree said. “After many years of waiting for the right opportunity and consultation with family and friends, I have made the decision to run for Sugar Hill City Council. I anticipated this opportunity several months ago and have already begun the process of planning my campaign.”

Hembree is the treasurer and secretary of the Sugar Hill Downtown Development Authority and secretary of the city’s 75th anniversary planning committee.

“I think we are truly blessed to live in Sugar Hill, and I will use my experience to focus on issues of importance to the future of our city like the redevelopment of our downtown area and pursuit of projects that cultivate a better sense of community,” he said.

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