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Oberholtzer Makes Official District 3 Bid

Former mayor of Snellville says he doesn't want to complain about problems, but "offer real solutions."

(Editor's Note: This article is taken from a press release from Jerry Oberholtzer's campaign.)

Jerry Oberholtzer, who served 12 successful years as city councilman and mayor of Snellville, will bring his governmental experience and savvy into the race for Gwinnett County commissioner representing the third district that stretches from Braselton, through Dacula and Snellville, to the DeKalb County line at Stone Mountain.

Oberholtzer, 52, and Roxann, his wife of 30 years, have lived in the district for 29 years -- almost their entire married life. They have three sons, Jerry and Matthew, both Clemson University graduates and Paul, a graduate of North Georgia State College and University. Son Jerry and (his) wife, Jessie, have the Oberholtzer's first grandson.

Jerry, a professional civil engineer and Clemson graduate, is a 20-year volunteer on the Northeast Georgia Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Roxann is a long-term employee of the Boy Scouts and all-around mom to scores of scouts over the years.

“Knowing how to govern effectively, building consensus, treating constituents with courtesy and respect and sticking to Republican principles will be the hallmark of my campaign and service," Oberholtzer said.

“Good schools, low crime, attractive neighborhoods: I want to build on those things and make them better," Oberholtzer added. “I know we’ve had our share of problems in Gwinnett, but when the cook burns the biscuits, you don’t need to remodel the kitchen. Gwinnett’s third district needs a new cook.”

“Dishonest land deals, unbid sweetheart contracts, airport proposals that ruin neighborhoods and grand jury investigations have resulted in a disconnect and a loss of faith in government," Oberholtzer continued.

"These are tough economic times and just saying no to everything, like Mike Beaudreau has done for eight years, isn’t working. Being negative drives away business and pours a cold bucket of water on progress and job growth. I’ll work to make Gwinnett the most business friendly county in Georgia.”

“I intend to use this campaign, not to complain about problems, but to offer real solutions. People who live here already know what the problems are: They want real leadership to show them the way to a better Gwinnett. I have the proven ability to keep taxes low, balance the budget, protect our neighborhoods and provide real-­time, honest solutions to the traffic problem," Oberholtzer said.

“I look forward to a spirited campaign, grounded in the issues, leading the way to a new direction for Gwinnett. A direction that focuses on the people already here; the people that have worked hard, paid taxes and built our communities. So at the end of four years, we can say to our children and grandchildren: We left Gwinnett better than we found it," Oberholtzer concluded.

Jerry Oberholtzer February 17, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I am unequivocally opposed to any expansion/privatization/commercialization of Briscoe Field. The harm done to the surrounding neighborhoods and communities vastly outweighs any benefits that may come from it. As for voter confidence, the first thing I would do is push Gwinnett to become a "County of Ethics" (http://www.gmanet.com/CitiesOfEthics.aspx?CNID=49382). Beyond that, maintaining high levels of transparency and openness would be top priority for me as a commissioner.
Sabrina Smith February 17, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Hi Jerry: Thanks for your prompt and thorough reply!
Floyd Akridge February 17, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Jerry...I'm sorry but I am disappointed with you. Day 1 of your campaign is barely going and here comes the political feldercarb. I was particularly amused by this quote... "Good schools, low crime, attractive neighborhoods: I want to build on those things and make them better," Oberholtzer added. “I know we’ve had our share of problems in Gwinnett, but when the cook burns the biscuits, you don’t need to remodel the kitchen. Gwinnett’s third district needs a new cook.” Soooo...good schools...low crime...and attractive neighborhoods (and I could add a few others) are burned biscuits? You said you'd build on those and then called them burned biscuits. Doubletalk....nothing more. Jerry...I was glad you won your contests as Mayor of Snellville. You certainly were better than the opposition would have been for the city. But when you compare cooking skills Commissioner Beaudreau has spent the past 8 years making the most delicious and nutritional meals for District 3 residents and they are in better health for it. It's just me talking but I think District 3 voters will appreciate Commissioner Beaudreau's meals over a ham sandwich.
Todd Miller February 18, 2012 at 02:49 PM
This will be an interesting race. Twelve years of Snellville politics as trumpeted qualification? Ok. My feeling is that we need a non-establishment conservative Republican in the District 3 seat. I’m supporting Mike Korom.
Jerry Oberholtzer February 20, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Todd, I stand on my record of tax cuts and service upgrades in Snellville over the past 12 years. Considering the economic downturn we've all experienced, I believe Snellville today is better than it was when I first took office. I also believe local government experience is very important to what we're trying to accomplish on the county level. District 3 encompasses all or parts of six different cities. The county and the cities need to work together--not against each other--to do what is best for ALL of the citizens of Gwinnett. I want to help be that bridge that brings all of our communities back together in a positive manner. I would love to discuss any other issues or concerns you may have. You can reach me by email at Jerry@JerryOberholtzer.com. Thank you.

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