Thursday, September 17, 2009

Former council members Smith and Anderson endorse former Mayor Harrell for State House

Two former Snellville City Council members, Mike Smith and Joe Anderson, who served with former Mayor Brett Harrell, have endorsed his campaign for State Representative for District 106.

Smith says, “As I reflect on my service in Snellville and what we accomplished during my term, my appreciation for Brett Harrell’s leadership continues to grow. He has truly remarkable vision, builds coalitions, and delivers for those he represents.” Smith concluded saying, “Brett is well-known at the state capitol and he is without doubt, the best candidate to represent Snellville and southern Gwinnett as our next State Representative.”

Anderson added, “Brett respects both homeowners and business owners. He is a man of action, principle and passion that has and will represent our community well. I am honored to join in support of Brett Harrell for State Representative and I encourage our community to rally behind Brett who will continue to deliver for us.”

Harrell said, “Council Members Smith’s and Anderson’s contributions to our community are immense and the successes we enjoy today would not be possible without their participation. I am honored and welcome their endorsement for my candidacy to represent south Gwinnett at the State House of Representatives.”

Harrell served as mayor of Snellville from 2000 until 2003. During his tenure he cut property taxes every year and reduced the overall burden of government by 52 percent while expanding the police force, preserving over 100 acres of permanent green space, and establishing the vision that led to a new Recycling Center, Senior Center, and City Hall.

Most recently, Harrell served as the executive director of the Evermore Community Improvement District (CID), where he managed the day-to-day operations of a self-taxing business district comprised of 469 commercial property owners and 1,585 businesses providing over 16,000 jobs. While managing the CID, Harrell successfully advanced over $130 million in projects, including vital transportation improvements like the Hwy. 78 improvements.

Harrell is running for state representative for District 106 to succeed Melvin Everson, who is running for Labor Commissioner. District 106 includes the City of Snellville and parts of unincorporated Grayson and Lilburn in Gwinnett County.

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