POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Former State Rep. Valerie Clark announces bid to reclaim House District 101 seat | News


Former state Rep. Valerie Clark hopes to stage a political comeback this year, announcing she will run for her old Lawrenceville-area seat.

Clark, a Republican, held the House District 101 seat for three terms but was defeated by Rep. Sam Park, D-Lawrenceville, in 2016. The election is expected to pit Clark and Park against each other in a rematch of the 2016 election, which Park won by 460 votes.

The former state representative and teacher said her previous work in the Georgia General Assembly, including authoring a HOPE Scholarship companion bill, is a reason why voters should put her back in the legislature.

“I authored legislation to protect patients in hospitals and to make it easier for seniors to age in place,” Clark said in a statement. “I also fought tirelessly to pass legislation to reduce the production of methamphetamine from prescription drugs.”

Clark, whose husband is Lawrenceville City Councilman Bob Clark, announced her campaign had more than $54,000 on hand as of Jan. 31. The Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission does not have campaign finance reports for any candidate for the seat posted on its website.

Qualifying for this year’s elections begins March 5.

Park, Holcomb endorse Barrow in secretary of state race

Two members of the Georgia House of Representatives who represent parts of Gwinnett are backing one of the Democratic nominees for Secretary of State in this year’s elections.

On Monday, former U.S. Rep. John Barrow announced that state Reps. Sam Park, D-Lawrenceville, and Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, are among 200 people who have endorsed him in the race. Barrow is one of a few Democrats running for the seat, which is open this year due to current Secretary of State Brian Kemp running for governor.

The field of Republican candidates for the seat includes Park’s and Holcomb’s colleague in the Gwinnett Legislative Delegation, Rep. Buzz Brockway, R-Lawrenceville.

“I’m grateful for the support of so many community leaders who are endorsing our campaign to protect the right to vote, make it easier to do business and create jobs, protect seniors from financial predators, and prevent professional fraud,” Barrow said in a statement.

“This group of Democratic, Republican and independent leaders continue to build on this campaign’s growing momentum.”

Woodall to discuss budget, infrastructure proposals on C-SPAN

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall’s office announced he will appear on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” program to talk about President Donald Trump’s budget and infrastructure proposals Wednesday morning.

Woodall, R-Ga., is scheduled to appear with C-SPAN’s Pedro Echevarria for a half-hour interview from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. Among the items expected to be discussed during the interview are ongoing conversations at the U.S. Capitol about Trump’s proposals.

The interview can be viewed on TV or C-SPAN’s website, www.c-span.org.

Park to present Hooper Renwick proclamation Saturday

State Rep. Sam Park, D-Lawrenceville, will recognize the legacy of the school African-American students attended in the decades before desegregation this weekend.

Park will present a Georgia House of Representatives resolution honoring the Hooper Renwick School and its alumni from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the school building, which is located at 56 Neal Blvd. in Lawrenceville. The building opened in the 1940s and remained the county’s school for African-American students until desegregation of schools occurred in 1968.

Park introduced the resolution last year, and it was quickly adopted. Since then, Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County and Hooper Renwick Preservation Committee members announced the school building will be preserved as a cultural arts center as part of the city’s South Lawn development.

The Lawrenceville library branch will also be relocate to a new facility adjoining the school.

Political Notebook appears in the Wednesday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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