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Nash, Brooks Accepting Funds for Gwinnett BOC Races

Some prominent names are providing financial support to the current Gwinnett chairman and the announced District 1 hopeful.

Charlotte Nash has said that it is "too early" for a formal announcement about whether she will run for re-election as chairman of the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners. However, she already is accepting campaign contributions targeted for 2012.

Also, Suwanee City Council member Jace Brooks has several financial backers as he prepares to seek the District 1 seat currently held by Shirley Lasseter.

According to records with the Georgia Board of Ethics, Nash's re-election effort has contributions from Lake Lanier magnate and Suwanee resident Virgil Williams ($250 on Nov. 17, 2011) and prominent Suwanee businessman Richard Tucker ($1,000 on Nov. 17).

Also backing Nash financially is Suwanee CPA Laurie McClain ($150 on Nov. 17), who also has said she will seek the District 1 BOC seat. Gwinnett Sheriff Butch Conway contributed $101 on Nov. 17.

Contractor E.R. Snell, whose road projects include the recent , contributed $2,500 to Nash's effort on Nov. 4.

Former Georgia Department of Natural Resources chief Joe Tanner, who now heads an Atlanta government consulting firm, contributed $2,000 to Nash last June, labeled "primary 2012."

Brooks' backers include former Gwinnett BOC Chairman Wayne Hill of Suwanee; Hill contributed $250 in November.

Other Brooks supporters include:

  • Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson ($250 on Nov. 16);
  • Gwinnett Municipal Association executive Randy Meacham ($250 on Nov. 16);
  • ┬áPreston Williams, CEO of the Gwinnett Convention & Visitors Bureau ($250 on Nov 16.). Brooks is a board member of the GCVB.

Lasseter lists only a $2,500 contribution from Oxendine Working for Georgia of Duluth last April. McClain lists no contributions.

Formal qualifying for BOC candidates begins in May.

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