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Coleman to seek re-election, but has competition

Brooks Coleman

Brooks Coleman

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Dahlys Hamilton

Gwinnett’s longest serving state legislator announced Wednesday he has plans to seek another term.

But Brooks Coleman, a retired teacher and principal turned assistant school superintendent who now heads the Georgia House Education Committee, will face some competition in this year’s election.

Also Wednesday, Dahlys Hamilton, the founder of Metro Atlanta Business Network, announced she would seek Coleman’s District 97 post, which covers parts of Duluth, Suwanee, Sugar Hill and Buford.

With another person expected to enter the race, the two are expected to square off on Republican primary ballots, which are expected to be moved to May to correspond with federal elections.

“There are several things I want to try to complete with education,” Coleman said of his race for an 12th term in office. After organizing a series of listening sessions throughout the state this year and with the economic recovery possibly allowing for a boost in education funding, the Duluth man said he wants to continue his efforts to help schools throughout Georgia.

“I feel better than I have ever felt in my life, so I’m raring to go,” added the 74-year-old lawmaker, who has battled back from heart surgery and other ailments in recent years.

Hamilton, a mother and wife of a veteran, is a supporter of veterans and constitutional rights, including a 2nd Amendment advocate.

“Let’s make 2014 the ‘Year of Integrity,’” the Suwanee woman said in a speech announcing her campaign, a press release said.