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Rep. Sheldon of Dacula announces bid for Congress

Rep. Sheldon of Dacula announces bid for Congress

ATLANTA -- Republican state Rep. Donna Sheldon says she'll be running for Congress in the 10th District.

Sheldon, who is part of the leadership team in the Georgia House of Representatives, announced her bid Tuesday.

In a statement, Sheldon touted her experience working in the General Assembly and fighting for "principled conservative programs that allow people the opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their families."

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, who currently represents the 10th Congressional District, has announced he'll be leaving to run for U.S. Senate. The upcoming retirement of Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a Republican from Moultrie, could create quite a few openings in Georgia's congressional delegation as officials consider running for the seat.

Sheldon, chair of the House Majority Caucus, represents Dacula and parts of Gwinnett County.

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

Gwinnett County celebrates health this April

Gwinnett County celebrates health this April

Gwinnett County celebrates National County Government Month during the month of April to highlight county government programs and services to the public. We are observing this year's theme of Healthy Counties, Healthy Families with many free and fun events throughout the month of April. Most of the activities are designed to help residents learn about healthy living choices.

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

Broun draws Democratic challenger

Broun draws Democratic challenger

An Athens Democrat announced today that he’ll run against U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens.

Tim Riley, an alcohol and drug abuse counselor who unsuccessfully ran for state Senate in 2008 and 2010, said he would provide “proactive and effective leadership and representation.”

Riley said he would protect Social Security and Medicare — Broun wants to privatize those programs — and criticized Broun for voting against extending a payroll tax cut.

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Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

Gwinnett property taxes due today

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Property tax bills are due today.

For the first time in several years, all bills are due in a single installment, although Tax Commissioner Richard Steele offered to accept an earlier partial payment, since the county has previously had two due dates.

For the complete story visit Gwinnett Daily Post.