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Nash: Special Election Coming for Gwinnett BOC Post

The chairman does not know a date for the District 1 vote, according to a media report.

Updated June 3

Gwinnett Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said a special election will be held to fill the unexpired term of departed Commissioner Shirley Lasseter, according to a media report.

WSB-TV made the report in an interview with Nash that was taped Friday. According to the report, Nash does not know when the election will be held, but that it likely will not be before the July 31 primary. The term expires Dec. 31.

Also, the District 1 seat held by Lasseter will be vacant for Tuesday's possible vote on Briscoe Field privatization.

Lasseter, whose district included Duluth and Suwanee, resigned Thursday after pleading guilty to federal bribery charges.

This leaves the BOC with four members: Mike Beaudreau, John Heard, Lynette Howard and Nash. That creates the possibility of tie votes, meaning a measure could fail to pass.

The July 31 primary will in effect determine the next full-time District 1 commissioner. Two Republicans from Suwanee -- Jace Brooks and Laurie McClain -- already are campaigning.

Patch will have more coverage of this development.

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