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Who's Contributing to Suwanee Mayoral Race?

Some prominent Suwanee residents have made financial support to Burnette's campaign.

Updated Oct. 20, 2011

A former Gwinnett BOC chairman and a member of the University System Board of Regents have made contributions to the Suwanee mayoral campaign of Jimmy Burnette, according to state records.

Wayne Hill, a Suwanee resident and former chairman of the Gwinnett County commissioners, made a $500 contribution on July 22. Richard Tucker, a Suwanee resident and a member of the state Board of Regents, made a $1,000 contribution on Sept. 12, according to disclosure records with the Georgia Department of Ethics.

All candidates for public office in Georgia are required to disclose financial details and campaign contributions.

Burnette, a Suwanee City Council member since 1996, publicly declared to run for . 

No reports have been filed by Dan Pittman, who is also seeking the Suwanee mayor post. Pittman explained Tuesday that he is not asking for donations, in keeping with his campaign theme of "financial stewardship."

Also among the Burnette contributors are the Buford law firm that includes Suwanee City Attorney Gregory Jay ($1,000) and former Suwanee Council Member Jeannine (Rispin) Haynes ($500).

Tucker also is a board member of the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is principal and managing partner of Arlington Capital LLC, a mezzanine lending firm, according to his biography on the University System Regents website.

Hill's business is Lawrenceville-based NasHill Inc., a consulting firm that he founded with current Gwinnett BOC Chairman Charlotte Nash.

Another Burnette backer is Thomas Moreland of Buford ($500). Moreland is involved with Moreland Altobelli Associates Inc., an engineering firm with offices in Norcross and elsewhere.

Burnette, whose full-time business is in residential renovations, lists total indebtedness of $3,550, including a $900 loan he made to his own campaign, according to records.

As for expenditures, Burnette lists six payments of $1,000 to campaign consultant Skyline Strategy of Suwanee.

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