Mike Korom Continues Quest to Win District 3 Commission Seat
Mike Korom announced his decision to seek election for the Gwinnett County District 3 Commission seat a few months ago. Since then, he's met with many community leaders both public and private.
"Recently I've met with Mayor Wilbanks of Dacula, Chairman Nash, and have meetings scheduled with others such as Mayor Hinkle of Grayson. I've also met with community leaders such as Jim Regan and Gay McNeil of Citizens for Better Gwinnett, Sabrina Smith of Citizens for Responsible Government, and Jimmy Orr a community leader." "They have all, without exception been very supportive of my efforts."
Korom is a fiscal and social conservative with the Republican Party. He is the only announced candidate that opposes the Briscoe Airport expansion/commercializtion efforts. "Not only will it ruin the quailty of life for District 3, it will be a huge tax burden for the entire county for years to come. This has been tried several times before and in the words of the independent consultants it's never been successfull. The taxpayers end up picking up the tab which has to come from somewhere, usually in the form of higher property or other taxes."
While the airport issue is important it's clear that's not the only issue at forefront. Gwinnett County politics has had serious ethics issues. "It's time for a real ethics gut check.", says Korom. "I'm a true political outsider. I've never held an elected office, have no real estate or financial ties to the system. No strings attached. The others can't make this statement."
As a 26 year resident of Greater Atlanta, Mr. Korom has seen steady growth. As an independent contractor in the automotive equipment business he's seen many changes in the Atlanta area. "Our growth is inherent. The key is how we provide for it. Do we want District 3 to look like Alpharetta of Chamblee? Do we want it to look like East Point or John's Creek? Do we want it to look like Mableton or Roswell? The next Gwinnett County commission will decide this."
A 16 year member of Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, Mike's faith is an important part of his life. "I call it my triangle of support, faith, family and friends. A major part of my decision to seek election is to give back. My business is well established and I want to make a positive difference. It's never been on my radar, I've prayed long and hard about it. My friends and family are hugely supportive. Otherwise, I wouldn't do it."
Candidate Korom plans to donate his first three months of income from the position to the Gwinnett Children's Shelter. "Is there a better cause?", he asks.