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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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R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew May 28, 2012 at 06:22 PM
@ B Well just to amplify your points … We ALREADY have a “family man” in the commission seat of district 3. He claims to be a CONSERVATIVE. He too attends church and tells you what he thinks, at least according to him. He too rarely misses meetings. He too takes a MACRO view of county business. I consider zoning actions both at the MICRO level and MACRO level; because these actions indicate which way we are going as an ENTIRE county. They don’t get the big headlines most of the time UNLESS it impacts your “piece of the world” but by then the little people are usually screwed. 90 percent of the time it TAKES MAJOR efforts to inject the smallest changes … The 2004 reprimand is a view into the man BEFORE he considered running for office. When creating a résumé for the private sector you go back 10 years if you have work history, so YES it is indeed relevant, it’s not like we are going back to the High School. It could BRIEFLY be explained or apologized for and THEN DROPPED - BUT if the only rebuttal is dismissive, it becomes a red flag. (A little redder each time)
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew May 28, 2012 at 06:23 PM
“Why would he challenge an incumbent?” Frankly I’m not sure at this point, why enter so late? If Beaudreau appointed him, they are at least on speaking terms. Quite frankly, I haven’t seen ANYTHING that phases Beaudreau, the Grand Jury couldn’t even get his attention for long, he either likes (it/you) or pretends (it/you) aren’t there… So any claims that he’s afraid of Tommy ….. Well there is ALWAYS hope. No one posting here is CONDEMNING him, but questioning? Yep and that’s a GOOD thing. “My opponent is more interested in spreading false accusations than discussing important issues of this campaign,” Hunter wrote. Since EVERYONE admits the letter actually exists HOW can this be a FALSE accusation? I’m happy that Tommy has friends out there dedicated enough to help out in his effort but the June gathering of the candidates hopefully will be interesting. This is MUCH more than “I’m NOT the guy in office” vote. For the record, GA Pundit (NOT to be confused with Peachpundit) announced that with the addition of Hunter to the race, it’s formally a “Clown car primary” in District 3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clown_car
M.K. OSBORNE May 28, 2012 at 09:36 PM
correction per J morely ,"Tommy was appointed by Beaudreau, for the water and sewer authority , must have been random out of the phone book . Thanks for the correction !
Floyd Akridge May 29, 2012 at 06:25 AM
J....Commissioner Beaudreau isn't frightened of Hunter...not even a smidge. I also find it amusing that you brush off what was in that reprimand as "scars".
john dugan May 30, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Mr. Ackridge Beaudreau might not fear Hunter, but he had better be concerned about the citizens of District 3--they aren't idiots.....Tommy Hunter is a working mans man and has chosen to look out for the interests of the working man and small business owners in this county. Your prerogative may be bent on being a hater but I can vouch for Tommy Hunters character and his undying devotion to the citizens of this county. Tommy Hunter is a good man and will make a great leader and has done a great job in his position as planning commissioner. In reality, I feel that your opinion of Tommy Hunter is biased and unfounded and I wish that you would give credit where credit is due. Respectfully submitted
GregRodgers May 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Seems to me that the only reason Tommy may be in the race is to pull votes away from Mike Korom. People are sheep...they pull the lever on the name that is most popular. Unfortunately, when you water down the field the most recognizable name ends up with the most votes. Tommy is pulling for Beaudreau. I hope people can see through the smoke screen. Vote Mike Korom...btw...J Morely...since when was Mike K ever a politician? The only insiders in this race are Beaudreau and Hunter
Ed Varn May 30, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Excellent observation, Greg. I've been thinking the same thing. Korom picks up some momentum and Der Komissar's buddy suddently pops into the race.
Tim Sullivan May 30, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Andrew when Mr Hunter ran for the district 4 commissioner seat 2 years ago he stated that the issue was a non issue because Briscoe couldn't handle the larger planes and couldn't be transformed. This he said was based on his engineering background. His use of "Property Rights" is code for his belief that a property owner should be able to do anything they want with their property. He is in the group that believes zoning laws shouldn't exist
Tim Sullivan May 30, 2012 at 02:33 PM
John Heard, quid pro quo for his endorsement
Tim Sullivan May 30, 2012 at 02:45 PM
John D, dig a little deeper, Tommy is a Real Estated agent & land developer, just another Kevin Kenerly. R you spot on, Tommy will only answer to Tommy not the citizens of Gwinnett. This is his third run at the commissioner's position. It's not about service to the people, it is about self service. Floyd, you are so right, Tommy may have some "RonPaulean" like surporters but seriously he has no chance. He will loose again, strike three you are out. He should have taken a clue from Ron Silver, who is now in district 3 also, and sat on the side lines.
Tim Sullivan May 30, 2012 at 02:58 PM
So true "R" I know Mike fought hard on the behest of the Vietnamese Catholic Church to defeat the transfer station. With Tommy's ideas on land use he would have been all for it. It's a philosophy thing; he believes an owner should be able to do whatever they desire with their land. A local resident told me of his meeting with Tommy when he ran two years ago. This fellow has a home off of Hamilton Mill, two lots into the subdivision. He told me (and I am paraphrasing) that Tommy said he would in no way oppose a rezoning of property on Hamilton Mill to Higher density. The fellow said he felt like Tommy was promising him a rezoning in exchange for his vote.
Tim Sullivan May 30, 2012 at 03:02 PM
J., ya Tommy moved, he moved to run for commissioner when kevin retired, or would have had he not been run out of office on a Rail. Tommy told me he actually went to speak with Kevin for his support and blessing once it was rumorred Kevin wasn't running again. Ya he has an agenda.
Tim Sullivan May 30, 2012 at 03:06 PM
J, there is really nothing on Tommy's web site. It will be interesting to see it when it is no longer i"Comming Soon"
Tim Sullivan May 30, 2012 at 03:09 PM
"R" what folks need to do and what they should have been doing all along is actually going to a planning commission meeting. "J" it would take way too much time for somebody to go back and watch a year's worth of meetings. No one has the time. But if you do you can see Tommy fully reclined in his chair, feet, probably, on the desk and his head below the dias where he can't be seen.
Tim Sullivan May 30, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Nope Greg not at all. Tommy is running in his third election, he despiratly wants to be commissioner. He is no Stalking Horse. I've heard Tommy's tenure on the sewer & water board was very devisive and I believe Commissioner Beaudreau ended up regretting appointing Tommy.
Tim Sullivan May 30, 2012 at 03:17 PM
ED nope, there is no way the two are Buddies. If they were he would have helped Tommy when he ran for District 4 two years ago.
J. Morley June 01, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Thats not news Tim I know for a fact that Beaudreau supported JohnHeard and helped him win that seat.
Tim Sullivan June 01, 2012 at 01:08 AM
It is easy to say so without any evidence. care to share what you claim to know?
J. Morley June 01, 2012 at 01:59 AM
Beaudreaa just happen to knock on one my family members door in Lawrenceville 2010. You say he wasnt supporting Hunter so he had to be supporting Heard.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew June 01, 2012 at 06:10 AM
Well J, I think did you just stepped in it on THAT one … Points go to Tim "Sully" Sullivan for sportsmanlike conduct above and beyond the call. Personally, I'd have slammed this guy six ways to Sunday! Well played indeed! (Hat Tip)
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew June 01, 2012 at 06:44 AM
So now I wonder how Mr. Hunter and Mr. Fanning collate in voting - if at all? We can see the agendas from 2011 Zoning Board of Appeals on the county website, anybody know how to get to the meeting minutes from 2011 to see the actual votes? http://dacula.patch.com/articles/county-commissioner-facing-bribery-charges "In multiple meetings, Lasseter and Fanning told the undercover agent that Lasseter’s approval and vote regarding the proposed development was for sale. They also told the undercover agent that Fanning could use his position as a member of the Zoning Appeals Board to help secure any necessary approvals or variances," the press release stated.
Tim Sullivan June 01, 2012 at 05:47 PM
J in the District 4 campaign there were 5 folks running, Tommy, Ron Silver, Gerald Cagle who was the stalking horse, John Hunter and myself. If Commissioner Beaudreau knocked on any doors it was in support of my Candidacy. I was in the Runoff with John Heard, lost by two hundred and sixtyish votes. I believe I could have won had I jumped on the Anti-Airport bandwagon. But I didn't. My position was and remains that we needed to proceed with the study, get all the facts in line and then make a decision and put the issue to rest once and for all. I pledged that if in the final analysis it would make things louder, traffic worse, property values decline etc as the naysayers claim, then my vote was against it. If it in the end it was no nosier or even quieter, traffic could be improved, home values wouldn't be adversely effected, if there was $$$ to buy out anyone who would be harmed then my decision would be to engage the citizens of district 4 in a series of informative Town Hall like meetings and vote according to their wishes.
M.K. OSBORNE June 01, 2012 at 05:55 PM
And then Heard turns around and appoints Tommy to the planning commission . Makes sense .
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew June 01, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Tim, You are correct - you just might have won. And theres always next cycle.
Cynthia Montgomery June 10, 2012 at 04:43 AM
GENTLEMAN, GENTLEMEN, GENTLEMEN, Why if I did not know better I would think I was listening to 5 women at the pool discussing the latest neighbor who is stepping out on her man! Mercy me, how you men do gossip! I can't believe I am saying this but for once I am leaning towards FLOYDS comments! Don't get in huff; R, Kevin, Tim and Ed. I have not reached a decision as to whom will get my vote and I like that! The reality is, there is a CHOICE this year! The reality is, there is a DIFFERENCE this year. The reality is there is a DEBATE between these four candidates this Thursday evening at the Stars and Strikes in Dacula at 6pm. I have spoken to each candidate and can say each have presented themselves as honest, concerned, polite, and energetic about this election. It is easy to cast comments if you have not met or spoken to them. It is easy to sass them on the internet behind the wall of the obscurity. Open your minds and your IPhones and make a date to attend the debate and vote for your candidate. We will also be registering voters. If you have a friend or young adult that is not a voter, be a good citizen and bring them by and enjoy a slice of American Politics at its finest. Mike, Tommy, Jerry and Mike will all be there answering your questions in person. Come be a concerned citizen in addition to being a Rapid Ready Replier on the Patch! See you there!
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 (Editor) 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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