A special purpose local option sales tax referendum won’t be the only issue before Gwinnett voters.
In two House districts, voters will choose new state representatives, after Rep. Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, announced this week she is resigning in order to focus on her 2014 congressional campaign. (Rep. Brian Thomas, D-Lilburn, resigned earlier this summer to take a job opportunity in another state.)
After Sheldon’s announcement, one politician was quick to say he would be on the ballot.
Chuck Efstration, who announced in April he would seek to replace Sheldon on 2014 ballots, said he would run in the special election, which was planned to take advantage of the fact polls would already be open for the sales tax referendum.
“Although we were not expecting a Special Election when this campaign was first announced, I am excited for the opportunity to discuss the critical issues of government reform, improving our economy, education and transportation,” Efstration said. “The last few days have been a whirlwind. The calls of support and fundraising commitments have been overwhelming. I am excited that Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be headlining a fundraiser for me in the coming weeks.”
A former prosecutor who once lead the Gwinnett Republican Party, Efstration also received endorsements last week from Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks and his former boss, District Attorney Danny Porter.