As I’ve posted before, there are plenty of election activity going on in Gwinnett. Below are a few updates to some of these races.
7th Congressional District (seat being vacated by the retiring John Linder)
Beaudreau decides not to run, endorses Clay Cox (received via email). Here’s a video of Beaudreau’s thoughts on the race.
Popular Gwinnett County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau said today that he has made his decision and will not run for Congress. Instead, he sends his support to state Rep. Clay Cox as the man to replace U.S. Rep. John Linder.
Beaudreau specifically pointed to Rep. Cox’s business background and history as an effective Conservative leader.
“I strongly considered the seat,” Beaudreau said. “The one thing that makes my decision easier is that we have a man like Clay.”
In his years as a commissioner, Beaudreau labeled himself “the commissioner who listens.” He said Cox likewise has always been very responsive to constituents.
“He jumps on it,” Beaudreau said. “And in contrast to his main opponent, Clay was brought up here, went to school here and played football here. I look forward to his representation in Washington.”
Local Rep. Bobby Reese said he won’t be a part of the fray in the May 11 special election set by the governor this week.
But he said he still plans to be on July primary ballots for the 9th Congressional District.
“I want to fulfill my commitment to my district,” said Reese, who lives just outside of the district in Sugar Hill.
Two north Georgia politicians have already resigned their seats to enter into the special election, Rep. Tom Graves and Sen. Lee Hawkins, causing the governor to plan two more special elections on May 11 to fill those seats.
Reese said he didn’t want to impose those kind of costs on the county and state with teacher furloughs and other issues.
Besides, he said, there are important votes forthcoming in the General Assembly.
He noted that Graves’ resignation widened the margin Republicans would need for a reconsideration vote to keep the state from enforcing the federal health care law.
“I cannot miss those votes,” he said.
House District 98 (being vacated by Bobby Reese)
Jason Thompson has suspended his campaign.
Full Disclosure: I am the campaign manager for House District 98 Candidate Josh Clark.