Charlotte Nash

Charlotte Nash

After nearly a decade as Gwinnett County’s commission chairwoman, Charlotte Nash confirmed Tuesday that she will not seek re-election next year.

{span class=”print_trim” style=”text-decoration: underline;”}PHOTOS: Gwinnett Commissioner Charlotte Nash through the years

Nash became chairwoman after winning a special election in 2011 to replace former Chairman Charles Bannister. She was reelected in 2012 and 2016.

“I have mixed emotions as I announce that I have decided that I will not seek re-election,” Nash said in an email to the Daily Post. “I believe that it is time for me to focus on my family and to follow through on a promise I made to my husband that we will enjoy retirement together.”

Nash has enjoyed a long association with Gwinnett County government that spans four decades. Before she became chairwoman, she handled county finances and served as county administrator under former chairman Wayne Hill.

She has also been a high profile figure in regional and state politics, serving on the Atlanta Regional Commission and being instrumental in helping shape the legislation that established the Atlanta Transit Link Authority, also known as the ATL. Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston appointed Nash to serve on the ATL board of directors.

In 2015, Nash began a one-year term as president of ACCG, the statewide county commissioners group.

She was also a major player in negotiations on the proposed contract between Gwinnett County and MARTA that was shot down by voters in March.

“For four decades, I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve, in one role or another, the place I have called home all my life. I know that I have been fortunate in that,” Nash said. “To all those who have supported and helped me along the way, I say thank you.

“So many individuals have been a part of my time with Gwinnett, from the superb County staff to the excellent elected officials with whom I have enjoyed productive working relationships to City officials and members of the community across all segments.”

Nash’s decision to not run for re-election leaves the field to replace her wide open. So far, only former state Sen. Curt Thompson, a Democrat, has announced plans to run for commission chairman in 2020.

“I thank Chairman Nash for her years of service and dedication to the county,” Thompson said in a statement. “I look forward to campaigning on building a bridge to a progressive future for all of Gwinnett.”

Lawrenceville City Manager Chuck Warbington, who is also the chairman of the county’s planning commission, praised Nash’s leadership over the years. He pointed particularly to the role she played in the aftermath of scandals that brought down Bannister and other commissioners.

“While Chairman Nash’s leadership of the County will be most remembered in restoring the trust with the citizens of Gwinnett in the wake of elected officials misgivings, her impact on Gwinnett goes much deeper ensuring the financial stability over decades of conservative yet forward-thinking financial leadership,” Warbington said.

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