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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: P.K. Martin fills campaign coffers in Senate race

P.K. Martin

P.K. Martin

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Michelle Nunn

With the election about five months away, P.K. Martin said he is getting a lot of support in his race for the state Senate.

Martin, the former Lawrenceville councilman, raised $31,000 from 95 contributors prior to the Dec. 31 reporting deadline. He has nearly $29,000 cash on hand for the campaign against long-term Sen. Don Balfour, who is returning to the General Assembly after being declared not guilty on criminal charges last month in a per diem scandal.

“I am thrilled by the success we have had so far this early in the campaign,” Martin said. “It is truly an honor to have the trust and support of so many people. The fact that nearly 100 people have donated to my campaign proves that people of Senate District 9 are ready for a new direction. The people are tired of the negative headlines about elected leaders who skirt around the law and hide behind excuses. They are ready for an ethical conservative leader who will lead by example and make us proud. I am going to continue to work tirelessly everyday to earn the trust and support of the people of this district and restore trust and honor to the office.”

Martin added that he did not take out any loans.

Senate race debates and a fundraising update

Want to know more about the Republican candidates for U.S. Senate?

You can get a comparison, beginning next weekend, when a series of debates begins for the contest to replace Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

The Georgia GOP will host seven debates before the May primary, with events scheduled throughout the state. None are in Gwinnett, but here is the schedule, with all events set for 6 p.m. on Saturdays: Jan. 18 in Adel, Feb. 1 in Kennesaw, Feb. 22 in Gainesville, March 8 in Macon, March 29 in Savannah, April 19 in Augusta and May 10 in Columbus.

The Adel debate will be held at the Cook County High School Performing Arts Center (9900 Ga. Highway 37, Adel, GA 31620). Other details will be released closer to the events.

While the GOP has a long list of candidates in the race, Democrat Michelle Nunn has been raising quite a bit of cash to take on the primary winner.

According to campaign disclosures recently released, Nunn raised $1.6 million for her effort in the fourth quarter of 2013, bringing he total to $3.3 million raised since she got into the race five months ago. More than 10,000 have contributed to the campaign.

“I’m so grateful for, and honored by, the strong support this start-up enterprise has received since we launched our campaign in July,” Nunn said. “This campaign is about doing things differently and the broad and diverse group of Georgians joining our effort proves it. Thousands of grassroots supporters, many Georgians who have never supported a candidate before, and a number of Republicans are joining our campaign to replace the political bickering and gridlock in Washington with pragmatism and problem-solving.”

The daughter of former Georgia Sen. Sam Nunn said much of her support is grassroots in nature, with 78 percent of the fourth quarter donors giving less than $100.

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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