Endorsements

 
 
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“I am proud to be a supporter of Kirkland Carden for District 1 Gwinnett County Commission. Serving on the Duluth City Council with Kirkland has given me the opportunity to witness his genuine interest and commitment to improving the quality of life in Gwinnett. As Mayor of Duluth, I am interested in having a county commissioner that will work with the 16 Gwinnett cities and understand the economic strength that cities bring to Gwinnett.

Kirkland promises to establish a working partnership with Gwinnett cities that encourages collaborative decision making and strategic planning. Kirkland is in touch with the constituents and understands the positive effects that can be fostered when a county and its cities work together.”

— Nancy Harris, Mayor, City of Duluth

 
 
 
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“As the chair of the Gwinnett County Delegation, I regularly interact with the community, business, and county leaders on critical issues. This interaction has allowed me to see leaders and citizens in different situations and provides insight to a persons character or nature, and that’s why I’m proud to endorse Councilman Kirkland Carden for Gwinnett County Commission District 1. Kirkland has the wisdom, passion for public service, and leadership necessary to take on some of our toughest challenges. I’ve seen him work with leaders in Gwinnett to get things done to help our residents, and I've seen him stand up for our shared Democratic values. Kirkland will work to make life better for everyone in Gwinnett, including our immigrant community, and the working and middle class. I'm excited to see what Kirkland will do for Gwinnett as a county commissioner.”

— Pedro Marin, Georgia State Representative, District 96

 
 
 
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“As a member of the Duluth City Council I’ve witnessed firsthand Kirkland’s commitment to public service, his professionalism, his leadership, and the knowledge and passion that he brings to the job day in and day out. Gwinnett County District 1 residents will have an engaged and visionary county commissioner in Kirkland, and that’s why I’m proud to endorse him in this race.”

— Greg Whitlock, City Councilman, City of Duluth

 
 
 
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“I’m excited to support Kirkland’s candidacy for Gwinnett County Commission – District 1. I’ve witnessed him innovate as a councilman to solve municipal challenges, collaborate with people from all walks of life and lead with integrity and ambition. I know he’ll bring what our County needs to progress forward.”

— Everton Blair, Gwinnett County Board of Education, District 4

 
 
 
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“I am proud to support Kirkland Carden as the leader Gwinnett County needs to help it move into the 21st century. As an experienced member of Duluth’s city council, he understands how government works, and has experience collaborating with people from different backgrounds in order to achieve his goals. As a long-time MARTA advocate and daily rider, he also understands how critical MARTA expansion is going to be to Gwinnett’s economic future, and will work hard to get the best deal possible for the county as it grapples with its transit issues.”

— Joseph Geierman, City Councilman, City of Doraville

 

Kirkland has also been endorsed by:

  • Senate Minority Leader Steve Henson, District 41

  • Eric Christ, City Councilmember, City of Peachtree Corners

  • Shelly Hutchinson, State Representative District 107

  • Brian Whiteside, Gwinnett County Solicitor General