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Sparks Begin to Fly in Race for District 3

District 3 candidate Mike Korom releases memo targeting commission candidate Tommy Hunter.

A 2004 letter of reprimand to Tommy Hunter is being used as ammunition in the 2012 Gwinnett County District 3 commission race.

The letter, available on the Mike Korom campaign site, outlines several violations of Gwinnett County merit system rules and regulations, administrator policies and human resources management policies alleged to have occurred during Hunter’s tenure as a senior construction manager.

A post on the Korom campaign site refers to the matter as “Tommy Hunter’s waste of government time and money.”

The post continues, “Is this what we need more of? Someone more interested in his own personal well being than that of the constituents?”

In an email sent to several media outlets, Korom’s campaign manager Rich Carithers indicated the letter of reprimand was provided to the campaign by "an unknown source by way of email.” The campaign subsequently requested a copy of the letter from Gwinnett County to verify its authenticity. 

Carithers noted the letter of reprimand references Hunter’s “time of dealing with outside real estate ventures and conducting business not related to dealings with Gwinnett County.”  

“We already have a former Commissioner dealing with his own legalities related to under the table real estate deals.  Let's not go down this road again,” Carithers wrote. 

Though the letter was made public by the Korom campaign, Hunter -- in a Facebook message to Dacula Patch -- referred to the matter as “more dirty tricks from the Beaudreau campaign.”  

Hunter categorized the letter as a private one from a previous employer “filled with inaccurate accusations.”

“My opponent is more interested in spreading false accusations than discussing important issues of this campaign,” Hunter wrote. “I will continue to focus on water supply, transportation, the budget, property rights for those surrounding the proposed airport expansion, and keeping an open door policy to constituents. If elected I will never forget that the residents of District 3 will always be my boss."

Hunter and Korom, along with former , are challenging incumbent for the Gwinnett County District 3 commission seat.

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Tim Sullivan June 10, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Well Joe maybe his third try will be the charm. Ya get rejected in District 3 so you move to district 4 and get rejected then amazingly you are rezoned into district 3 and try again.
Tim Sullivan June 10, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I'll be there, it is on my calender. Cynthia I believe there is somewhere to RSVP for the event. Do you have a link?
Cynthia Montgomery June 10, 2012 at 10:43 PM
It is on the Hamilton Mill Nextdoor Neighbor site, I think you have to live in Hamilton Mill to be able to get on the site. Email Kristi for more information about the site. We will be seating people on a first come basis. We will only reserve 30 seats. Five for each candidate's family members and 10 for media and MMDO members. The site has that reservation click off on every event. I will check to see if anyone has clicked for a reservation, I have not been notified as of yet by the site. Thank you for the heads up. I look forward to meeting you at the debate. Do you have a question for ALL the candidates we might use?
Tim Sullivan June 10, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Must be a different event then.... Is this the one at Stars & Stripes, of another one?
Kristi Reed June 11, 2012 at 12:07 AM
@Tim - Here is the information Cynthia posted on Dacula Patch about the event: http://dacula.patch.com/events/2012-your-vote-counts-dinner-debate

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