Brookwood High School graduate and Marine Corps veteran Shane Hazel picked up the backing of a local conservative group this week in his bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga.

The Gwinnett County Republican Assembly endorsed Hazel in the Seventh Congressional District race. Hazel, a resident of Cumming, is the only candidate running against Woodall in the 2018 Republican primary for the seat.

Woodall has held the seat since he was first elected in 2010. Hazel is running as a political outsider on a limited government platform.

“The Oath I swore to uphold the Constitution means more now than it ever has,” Hazel said in a statement. “Democrats and establishment Republicans have usurped the constraints of the Constitution and arbitrarily grown their power at the expense of all Americans and their inalienable rights, turning a blind eye to the values and principles you and I share.”

The Gwinnett County Republican Assembly is planning to further show its support for Hazel this week. The group plans to hold a meet and greet for the candidate from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Collins Hill Public Library, 455 Camp Perrin Road in Lawrenceville.

The organization is a separate group from the Gwinnett County Republican Party. The assembly, along with the Georgia Republican Assembly, is part of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, an organization that touts itself as the “Republican Wing of the Republican Party.”

The organization encourages conservative values, adherence to the U.S. Constitution and a belief in limited government.

The Georgia Republican Assembly previously endorsed Hazel during its annual convention in August.

The Gwinnett County Republican Assembly can be found online at www.Gwinnettra.com.

Realtors endorse Shafer in lieutenant governor’s race

Duluth-based Senate President Pro Tempore David Shafer’s list of endorsements got longer this week after the political arm of the Georgia Association of REALTORS announced it was endorsing him in the 2018 lieutenant governor’s race.

The endorsement of Georgia RPAC said it was endorsing the Gwinnett legislator because of his support for property owners. In a statement, Georgia Association of REALTORS President Michael Faulkner highlighted work Shafer did in the Senate on property rights issues and encouraging home ownership.

“David Shafer has been a champion of property rights and free enterprise,” Faulkner said. “Given his record, we are proud to support him in his bid for Lieutenant Governor.”

The endorsement follows on the heels of endorsements from other groups and high-profiles figures including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, former Sen. Rick Santorum, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Reps. Bob Barr, John Linder, Ben Blackburn, Fletcher Thomas, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, philanthropist Bernie Marcus, GOPAC and the Georgia Republican Assembly

“I am proud to have the support of Georgia RPAC and so many Realtors throughout the state,” Shafer said. “We continue to build momentum.”

Johnson delivers books to Anderson-Livsey Elementary School

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., recently got to play Santa Claus to three local school libraries, including one in Gwinnett County.

Johnson delivered books to Anderson-Livsey Elementary School in Snellville as part of his Nov. 27 tour of three schools. The congressman’s office said the books were made available to the schools through the Library of Congress’ surplus books program.

In addition to Anderson-Livsey, Johnson also visited two schools in Lithonia, Fairington Elementary School and Flat Rock Elementary School. In addition to the supplies of books, Johnson also gave school principals and media specialists copies of “Women in Congress,” “African Americans in Congress” and “Hispanic Americans in Congress.”

Each school also received a flag that had been flown over the U.S. Capitol.

“The guiding principle behind the program is to build library collections, but I must say the short tour served as a great opportunity to talk to some of country’s future leaders,” Johnson said in a statement. “I thoroughly enjoyed talking to the children about what they want to be when they grow up, their favorite books and what they want for Christmas.”

Political Notebook appears in the Wednesday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.