POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gwinnett Commissioner John Heard announces re-election bid

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Gwinnett County Commissioner John Heard announced this past week that he will run for a third term on the county’s top elected body.

Heard, who said he is looking forward to a “vigorous campaign,” has served as the commissioner for District 4, which stretches from Buford through Lawrenceville for eight years. Prior to that, he served three terms in the Georgia House of Representatives.

“I am proud of the record,” Head said in a statement. “This year alone we will add 65 new police officers, improve our award-winning parks, make common sense zoning decisions to protect our neighborhoods, help lower insurance rates by bolstering our fire department, add emergency services and keep Gwinnett business friendly by keeping taxes low.”

Heard said the county faces new challenges now that the recession is over, and he wants to make sure Gwinnett has the most business-friendly government in the state by improving transportation and ensuring it has the best police and fire protection and healthcare.

“There is no substitute for prosperity and good jobs,” he said.

Heard is one of two county commissioners who are up for re-election this year. District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard, whose district includes southwest Gwinnett, is also expected to run for another term.

Gwinnett GOP staging secretary of state candidates forum

Gwinnett County Republican Party Chairman Mike Seigle announced this past week that the party plans to host Republican candidates for the open secretary of state position next month.

Details are still being worked out, but Seigle said the forum will be held March 12 at the Gwinnett Republican Headquarters in Gwinnett Place Mall, located at 2100 Pleasant Hill Road in Duluth. No participating candidates have been announced yet, but state Rep. Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville, is one of the people running for the seat.

The Daily Post previously reported that the party will stage a forum for gubernatorial candidates at 7 p.m. March 10 at Norcross High School, with the doors opening at 6:15 p.m.

Black meets with federal officials at rural prosperity conference

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black was among the members of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture who met with high-ranking federal officials at the White House Conference on Rural Prosperity.

Participants in the conference met with Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to discuss ways the federal and state governments could work together to help rural communities.

Johnson receives award for environmental leadership

The group presented its Environmental Leadership Award to Johnson during a tour of the Sonnen battery facility in Tucker. The presentation was made while Environment Georgia also released its annual federal scorecard on members of Georgia’s congressional delegation.

Upcoming

• Gwinnett County commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash will deliver her State of the County address from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Feb. 14 during a luncheon at the Infinite Energy Forum, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. The event is co-hosted by the Gwinnett Chamber and the Council for Quality Growth. Admission is $75 for chamber members, $100 for nonmembers and $750 for a table of 10. Tickets can be purchased at gwinnettstateofthecounty.com.

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