As 2014 gets underway, I believe the overall outlook for Gwinnett County will continue to improve. Together, we’ve been climbing out of a deep economic hole for the last six years, and I believe we’re starting to see daylight at the top.

This off-year election offered one major choice – a renewal of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for three more years.

Growing up on a farm, late fall was always a time of mixed emotions for me. Shorter days and colder weather kept us all indoors more but at least we could look ahead to the holidays with great anticipation.

Gwinnett voters have approved the one-penny SPLOST sales tax seven times since 1985. This year, on November 5, it will be on the ballot again.

In this – my second column for the Gwinnett Citizen – I’ll talk a bit about why I enjoy serving you as a leader in our county government. We’ve faced significant challenges in recent years, but local residents and County staff met all them head-on, and I’m proud to say that success still lives here.