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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Three mayors endorse Martin in Senate race

P.K. Martin

P.K. Martin

Three mayors and more have sided with former Lawrenceville Councilman P.K. Martin in his hopes to unseat long-serving Sen. Don Balfour.

Days before former Commissioner Mike Beaudreau entered the GOP field for Balfour’s District 9 seat, Martin rolled out a list of endorsements from the cities in the Gwinnett-based state Senate district.

Martin has the support of Grayson Mayor Allison Wilkerson, Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson and Lilburn Mayor Johnny Crist. He also received endorsements from Grayson Councilwoman Laurie Anderson, Lawrenceville Councilmembers’ Tony Powell, Keith Roche and Marie Beiser, and Snellville Councilmembers Tom Witts, Bobby Howard, Barbara Bender and Dave Emanuel.

“During the past few years, I’ve gained an intimate knowledge of the political landscape throughout Gwinnett County. It is populated by people with a wide range of motivations, ideals and honesty. Within that landscape, P.K. Martin stands out,” Emanuel said. “He has repeatedly demonstrated his ethics, dedication and competence not by his words, but by his actions.”

Johnson, Lawrenceville’s mayor who worked with Martin on his hometown’s council, also had praise for him.

“In (his eight years in office), he has demonstrated the ability to listen to the people, assess current matters and provide sound recommendations to drive Lawrenceville forward,” Jordan-Johnson said. “He is honest, direct and forthright in his public service and would make an excellent leader at the state level.”

Martin said the endorsements mean a lot in his campaign for the GOP nomination, which will be on ballots in May.

“I am proud to have the support and endorsement from these respected local leaders. They understand that it is time for a new direction in Senate District 9,” Martin said. “We need a state senator who will lead by example and who will be invested in our local community. These leaders know that my sole priority as state senator will be doing what’s best for this community — not the special interests and not an endless pursuit for power. I look forward to continuing to work hard to earn the support of the people of this district and provide the ethical, conservative leadership they deserve in the state 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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