This race for District 3 Gwinnett County Commissioner is starting to get very interesting. You have the experienced incumbent, Mike Beaudreau. Also, you have the experienced ex-mayor of Snellville, Jerry Oberholzer. And, then there is the experienced long-term Gwinnett County employee Tommy Hunter. Last, the least experienced in the field of politics is Mike Korom.
From what I know and what I have read, all of the candidates seem like fine people that would do a decent job as commissioner. But, something makes me like one candidate more than the other three. At the same time, something makes me like three of the candidates less. And that factor is that one candidate, Mike Korom, is less experienced than the others. What you might think is a negative, I consider a positive.
I like Mike Korom as a person. He is sincere and does not answer questions with political jargon. Nor does he avoid questions. Just as importantly, I have to believe that a person who has been successful in running his own business has to be competent enough to have a say in running our county. And, my belief is that we need "new blood" on the Board of Commissioners. Re-electing the same old people to the same old positions will keep the status quo. What I'd like to see more of is regular citizens holding local leadership positions.
Back in 1980, Ronald Reagan was the outsider. Even the Republican Party wasn't thrilled to see him nominated. But, Reagan held firm positions on issues and had a sincere desire to help our country change its course. And, you know what? In time of need, people gravitate to someone that they can trust and that they can follow.
So, I say "let's give the new guy a chance". Let's see what he will do. Let's see if he has the "fire in the belly" to make some changes in Gwinnett County.