Snellville Area Election Guide: Vote Today!

Candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Snellville and southern Gwinnett County.

As you head out to vote today, Snellville Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in the area.  


1.  : To say that the penny sales tax for transportation projects across the region is polarizing is an understatement. Voters will vote "yes" or "no" for it on July 31. Proponents say there is no other way to fund much-needed projects that will alleviate traffic congestion, while opponents say the tax isn't about congestion relief at all, among other things. 

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2.  : Commissioner Mike Beaudreau has three Republican challengers in the July 31 race. Tommy Hunter of Buford, Mike Korom of Dacula and Jerry Oberholtzer (former mayor) of Snellville. With four people vying for the seat, it could get interesting.

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3.  It would seem who sits on the Gwinnett County State Superior Court would be kind of important. And, this year there are five people seeking the seat of retiring Judge K. Dawson Jackson. Attorney Tracey Mason Blasi, originally from Snellville, is competing with Chris McClurg, an attorney from Lawrenceville; Kathy Schrader, an attorney from Duluth; Giles Sexton, an attorney from Lawrenceville; and Magistrate Judge Robert Walker.

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4.  Congressman Woodall has two challengers for his District 7 seat: Lawrenceville attorney , a Democrat, and Suwanee resident , chief operating officer of Automation Control Products. Hancock said on his website that he would serve just one term and would not accept any campaign funds. Reilly has said on his website that he wants to get Congress back to a “sensible center."

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5.   Balfour's has three challengers: , of Snellville; Steve Ramey, of Lilburn; and , of Lawrenceville. Balfour has come under fire recently for ethics and money, so it's not surprising that people want to unseat him. This is for the State Senate District 9.

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6.  State House District 93: This is a new district, serving Lithonia, Loganville, Snellville and Stone Mountain. There are four people vying for the seat, and three of them live in Snellville. , who currently represents District 94, is from Lithonia and is considered the incumbent. Challengers are Snellville residents: , a small business owner; , a registered nurse; and , a truck driver.

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7.  Other district races that include Snellville residents:

  • State Senate District 55: Incumbent Sen. Gloria Butler, of Stone Mountain, and , of Snellville, a counselor, are running.
  • State House District 94: This is a new district that includes the far eastern section of DeKalb County and extends into Rockdale County, including parts of greater Snellville. There are four people running for the seat: Karen Bennett, of Stone Mountain, a small business owner; , a field collector; and , of Snellville, a nonprofit director.
  • State House District 106: Incumbent a Republican, is unchallenged in the July 31 primary.
George Wilson July 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Liz, If you were still in debt, I was going to suggest that Britt share some of the $32,000 he has collected from lobbyist and other special interests.
Liz Carter July 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM
George, keep it up, I may donate more to Brett. He needs a good campaign coffer.
Brett Harrell July 18, 2012 at 04:43 AM
Liz, your donations welcome. :) www.voteharrell.com/contribute/
George Wilson July 18, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Liz, Maybe you should send your contribution to Republican senator Bob Balfour.He was caught falsifying his state expense reports and may need some good lawyers."Steal a little they put you in jail steal alot and they make you a king"...Bob Dylan.
George Wilson July 21, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Brett, My usual commission is 25%,you have my address.


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