U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., called on Congress to pass legislation to address salary discrepancies between genders and races as he observed Equal Pay Day on Tuesday.

The congressman’s office said his district — which includes Rockdale and parts of Gwinnett, DeKalb and Newton counties — has the highest pay equity of any congressional district in Georgia, according to a National Partnership for Women and Families report.

Johnson’s office also said the Fourth Congressional District is one of 13 districts in the U.S. that has pay equity according to that report.

“There are many exceptional and special things about the Fourth Congressional District, and equal pay is one of them,” Johnson said in a statement. “While I’m encouraged that we have pay equity in my district – or something close to it – the truth is that we have so much work to do in Georgia and the nation, where the pay gap is still unacceptable – especially among Native American, Latina and African-American women.

“We as lawmakers must do more to address pay disparity – and that starts by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act. To borrow a phrase from Fannie Lou Hamer – ‘we are sick and tired’ of unequal pay.”

Cason endorsed by Fraternal Order of Police in Superior Court race

Gravitt Everett Davis Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 66 has endorsed Gwinnett County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Tracie Cason in one of Gwinnett’s open Superior Court judicial races.

Cason received a letter from lodge president Connie Chesser informing her of the endorsement. She is one of three candidates running for the seat being vacated by retiring Judge Debra Turner. The winner of the nonpartisan seat will be decided in the May 22 election.

“Having worked for eighteen years in the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s office, prosecuting felonies, I am pleased to receive the endorsement of the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge, which represents many of our front-line law enforcement officers,” Cason said in a statement.

“I have been blessed to be entrusted to work with our law enforcement officers to protect Gwinnett County’s residents and their families.”

Johnson endorses McKoon in secretary of state race

State Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, picked up the backing of a former state Senate president pro tem in his bid to be Georgia’s next secretary of state.

McKoon’s campaign announced he received the endorsement of former Sen. Eric Johnson. In addition to being a former state Senate president pro tem, Johnson was also a Republican candidate for governor in 2010.

“As a Senator and an attorney, Josh McKoon brings a unique resume to this election, and his experience will allow him to serve the citizens of Georgia as their next Secretary of State on Day One,” Johnson said in a statement.

McKoon said, “I am grateful to former Pro Tem Eric Johnson for his endorsement. As a former Senator and State Representative, Eric Johnson has been on the front lines for Georgians, and I am honored to have his support.”

Belle Isle picks up Barr endorsement for secretary of state

Former Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle picked up an endorsement of his own this week in the secretary of state race.

Belle Isle announced former congressman and ex-Libertarian candidate for president Bob Barr has endorsed him in the four-man Republican primary field.

“Mayor Belle Isle is a rising star and one of the most effective leaders I have met,” Barr said in a statement. “His executive leadership and proven ability to create a climate for job growth is what sets him apart from the field of candidates. I believe he is the right man to secure Georgia’s elections and take on the Democrats in November.”

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

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