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News Conference about the Supreme Court

On July 3, 2018, I was proud to be one of the 14 state legislators at the Georgia Capitol from Gwinnett to call on the U.S. Senate to wait until after this year’s mid-term elections to vote on filling the newest vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The thing that we’re trying to do is to let people know how important the Supreme Court is to all Americans,There’s some issues that have already been ruled on, like Roe v. Wade, where if they’ve already been ruled on then why do we have to go back and re-rule on them again?

Right now, we feel like civil rights are in jeopardy, worker’s rights are in jeopardy, protection from gerrymandering is in jeopardy. There are a lot of things at stake here.  We need to select the right person who will not go along with party lines, but rather along human lines.

The U.S. Senate should apply the same approach it used when Justice Antonin Scalia passed away in February 2016 and that is to wait for after the election to hold hearings for a Supreme court nominee.  This is a mid-term election year with control of the Senate and House of Representatives up for grabs, and there are less days before the election than their were between Scalia’s death and the November 2016 election.

Help Shape Gwinnett’s Future




(Lawrenceville, Ga., Jan. 23, 2018) – The Gwinnett County Department of Planning and Development is soliciting public input to assist in the development of the 2040 Unified Plan through several community open houses, starting Jan. 25 at the Five Forks Branch of the Gwinnett Public Library. The community open house events will feature interactive exercises to encourage people to imagine Gwinnett County in 2040 and share their vision of what it could be.


The Unified Plan, called a comprehensive plan in other jurisdictions, combines many different plans into a coordinated, working blueprint to help shape future policies by many County agencies. To better create a plan that reflects the community’s desires, Gwinnett County will collect public feedback to produce a broad, long-term vision to guide growth and development over the next 22 years as well as a short-term list of projects and programs.


Throughout this process, the Planning and Development Department and its consultants, Pond & Company, will also seek input from elected officials, regulatory agencies, business and community leaders and others. Upon completion, the plan will be presented to the Board of Commissioners in October, and then be forwarded to the Department of Community Affairs and the Atlanta Regional Commission. Once the DCA and ARC review the plan and it is subsequently adopted by the Board of Commissioners, the County becomes eligible for state and federal funds.


Additional public input will be sought through a survey available online and at select community events and public locations. Residents can make their voices heard through one of several community open houses, online surveys or living room chats.


To learn more about the plan, visit and follow the Gwinnett 2040 Unified Plan on Facebook. Email questions to



2040 Unified Plan Community Open House Schedule

Jan. 25 – Five Forks branch of the Gwinnett Public Library, 2780 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lawrenceville

Jan. 29 – Dacula branch of the Gwinnett Public Library, 265 Dacula Road, Dacula

Feb. 1 – Lilburn Activity Building, 788 Hillcrest Road, Lilburn

Feb. 12 – OneStop Centerville, 3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville

Feb. 22 – Bogan Park, 2723 North Bogan Road, Buford


UFCW Conference

At the UFCW Conference in Myrtle Beach.


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At the UFCW conference in Myrtle Beach with Senator Elena Parent and UFCW 1996 President Steve Lomax .



And the Beat of the Drum Continues

Last week the world said a heartfelt farewell to a Civil Rights icon. Mrs. Evelyn Lowey was the devoted, and loving wife of the Rev. Joseph Lowery. Early on in the Civil Rights Movement, Mrs. Lowery decided that she would never be the woman that would be satisfied just taking a step back, and riding off of the notoriety, and the coattail of her husband, for she understood that every human being, no matter the gender has a role to play in making the world a better place.

Cultivating a perfect balance between her roles as an activist, wife, and mother, those closest to her remember just how serious she took her obligations. “It is so funny to think about it now, but no matter what was going on, if a meeting was running too long, she would start to reach for her pocketbook, and she would head for the door, while saying that she had to go home, because she had to make sure that her baby (Dr. Lowery) had something to eat.”, said Dewey McClain. Dewey is the Representative elect for the state of Georgia’s District 100, and the current president of the North Atlanta, Georgia Labor Council. He is also a former Atlanta Falcon.

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