Gwinnett board asking for public’s thoughts on 'racist pig’ case

Been dying to weigh in on the controversy surrounding Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter, but too shy (or busy) to speak out at a public meeting?

Now’s your chance to be heard — from the comfort of your own computer.

The Gwinnett County ethics board voted Tuesday to sustain the ethics complaint against Hunter, who has been under fire since a Jan. 14 Facebook post calling civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis a "racist pig." The same post referred to Democrats as "Demonrats" and a "bunch of idiots."

The ethics panel recommended that Hunter be publicly reprimanded, but the final decision is up to his colleagues on the Board of Commissioners. The BOC will hold a public hearing on the matter on June 20 but, in the meantime, it’s opened an online submission page for comments from the public.

“These comments ... will be considered by the Board of Commissioners in deciding the penalty to be administered for any violation of the Gwinnett County code of ethics which the Board of Commissioners sustains,” the county said in a news release.

The online submission form can be found here. The page will be open until midnight on Friday, June 16.

Public comments can also be mailed to County Clerk Diane Kemp at the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.


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