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1-25-06 Gwinnett’s Wayne Hill can serve the state well in the General Assembly

Wayne Hill has much to offer.  He and his wife, Carolyn, are ‘top notch’ people.  We wish them well. …… Wayne was a victim of his own success.  It is difficult to please a majority as a County Commissioner.  It is impossible to please everyone. 

 

……I am reminded of a statement I heard Oconee County Commissioner say about politics 20 years ago, “…..You make no new friends and your enemies accumulate”….. Unfortunately, too many citizens are more interested in personal interest than public interest.   Even some public interest minded folks can do much damage with their single- issue campaigns.

AVOC

 

January 21, 2006

 

Gwinnett’s Wayne Hill can serve the state well in the General Assembly

 

By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

 

The January 19, 2006, edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post reported that former Gwinnett BOC Chair Wayne Hill is a candidate for the Georgia House of Representatives.  Wayne Hill is a natural leader.  He is smart and personable.  He has much to offer in public service.

 

Unless he becomes bored or frustrated, he will rise rapidly in influence and leadership positions in the Legislature.  My service was concurrent with his for eight years.  We served on several committees together and became friends.   He is a really talented person who can get things done.  My only reservation is that some former Executives have trouble adjusting to a deliberative body where talk is the product and little action.

 

He is a Gwinnett native and loves his county.  He helped improve the road system, bought thousands of acres of greenspace and built a state of art wastewater treatment facility above Lake Lanier ($50 + Million).  He had vision and the ability to get things done.

 

He chose to run one time too many and lost his re-election bid in 2004.  The anti-growth crowd set out to get rid of him as the “Sultan of Sprawl”.  It is ironic that last weeks Gwinnett Daily Post carried reports of his successor's State of the County speech to the Gwinnett Chamber.  He “bragged” on all the growth and things the county is doing.  I could not see the difference.

 

In truth, Wayne was a victim of his own success.  It is difficult to please a majority as a County Commissioner.  It is impossible to please everyone.  I am reminded of a statement I heard Oconee County Commissioner say about politics 20 years ago, “..You make no new friends and your enemies multiply”…..

 

Unfortunately, too many citizens are more interested in personal interest than public interest.   Even some public interest minded folks can do much damage with their single- issue campaigns.

 

Wayne Hill has much to offer.  He and his wife, Carolyn, are ‘top notch’ people.  We wish them well.

 

SEE:

12-15-04 Wayne Hill Did a Great Job as Gwinnett Commission Chair

7-27-04 Gwinnett’s Chairman Wayne Hill is in Runoff

8-14-04 Growth & Gwinnett

8-14-04 Joint Vision Statement for University Parkway 2-4-2000

2-7-04 Larry Walker Announces Retirement From GA Legislature

12/27/01 - GWINNETT BUYS 1,675 ACRES FOR GREEENSPACE


1-19-06 Gwinnett’s former Chair, Wayne Hill, to run for House of Representatives

 

The Gwinnett Daily Post

http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=32&url_article_id=10892&url_subchannel_id=&change_well_id=2

 

January 19, 2006

 

Hill to run for House

 

By Camie Young

 

 Wayne & Carolyn Hill at home in Sugar Hill

 

SUWANEE - Former Gwinnett County Commission Chairman Wayne Hill is back on the campaign trail.


Hill, who lost his bid for a fourth term two years ago, announced Wednesday he would seek a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.


"I am proud of the role I played in making this one of the most desirable places in the entire state to live, work and raise a family," Hill said.


"As a Gwinnett County native, I have seen immense prosperity come to our community. We still have much to accomplish for the benefit of everyone who calls this county home. I want to help protect Gwinnett's quality of life under the Gold Dome."


During Hill's 12 years in office, nearly 300,000 people moved to the suburban county. He led efforts to build 500 miles of roads, expand the water and sewer systems and acquire 7,000 acres of parkland.


Due in part to political backlash from that growth, Hill lost a Republican primary election runoff in 2004, but he retained solid support in the Sugar Hill, Suwanee and Buford areas, where House District 98 is centered.


During the GOP primary in July, Hill's name is likely to appear above that of Rep. Bobby Reese.
Reese, of Sugar Hill, served two terms in the Legislature before leaving for an unsuccessful race for the state Senate. He returned to the House a year ago and is expected to seek re-election.


Hill said the race isn't personal. He's simply seeking a new way to serve the community. He pointed to former county Chairwoman Lillian Webb, who returned to politics as the mayor of Norcross after Hill defeated her in 1988.


"I think I have some knowledge that will let me play a role down there," Hill said. "I think I have a background that no one else has in water and sewer and transportation."


After years of tackling budgets of more than $ billion, Hill said he could help legislators who have to decide how to spend billions every year.


"I learned a lot in 12 years. I'd love to put it all to work," he said.


In the past, Hill has talked about running for statewide office, possibly for governor. On Wednesday, Hill said he did not know what his political future could be, but as a member of the House, he would learn whether his interests lie in state government.


In the General Assembly, Hill would be one of 180 House members, while on the commission he was one of five. As chairman, he represented more than 500,000 people, a number that would shrink to about 30,000 for the House district. But Hill said he doesn't consider the position a step down.


"It's a natural for me. I've lived in Suwanee for 42 years. I was raised in Sugar Hill, and everybody thinks I'm from Buford," he said. "You serve where the people want you to serve."


Hill said he would continue his work with Nashill Inc., the consulting firm he started last year with former County Administrator Charlotte Nash.


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