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Local politicians disclose finances
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Candidates for state offices have submitted their financial disclosure statements to the State Ethics Committee. The election year reports show the personal holdings of the candidates and their spouses.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, R-Gainesville, reported no significant changes in holdings. Cagle has ownership in two real estate partnerships and is president of a real estate entity that bears his name. The report, which reflects 2007 ownership, shows Cagle as a stockholder and director of GB&T Bancshares, which merged in May with SunTrust, where Cagle now serves on an advisory board.

Cagle’s real estate holdings include his personal residence in Chestnut Mountain, rental properties in Flowery Branch and Chicopee and a undeveloped lot on Thompson Bridge Road.

His residence is valued at more than $200,000, as is the rental property in Flowery Branch and the undeveloped lot. The rental property in Chicopee is valued at between $10,000 and $100,000.

He also owns and is president of a company called Universal Erosion Control.

State Rep. James Mills, R-Chestnut Mountain, has ownership in two self-storage facilities, one of which he manages. Mills also owns five parcels of real estate, including his family home. Each of the real estate holdings are valued at more than $200,000, according to the report.

In addition to his real estate holdings, Mills reports investments worth more than $10,000 in Branch Banking & Trust, Creekside Bank and Nano-Proprietary Inc.

Mills’ opponent, Christopher Strickland, D-Flowery Branch, lists only his residence in Flowery Branch in his real estate holdings.State Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, is a member in a real estate partnership and is president of CWR Insurance & Consulting Inc.

He owns a parcel of land in Flowery Branch. His wife, Linda, owns their personal home in Gainesville and a secondary home in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., according to the report.

State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, lists his family residence in North Hall as his only holding.

State Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson, is the trustee for his father’s estate. In addition, he owns his family residence in Jefferson and a time share in Helen. His wife, Karen, owns a condominium in Athens, which is used as rental property.

State Sen. Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville, is the trustee for his father’s estate. Hawkins also owns his dental practice on Green Street and an interest in a company called Southern Dental Services LLC, of which is he is president, and his wife is an officer.

Hawkins owns his residence in North Hall and a residential property in Atlanta. He also owns 100 acres of unimproved land near Danielsville. Each of his three real estate holdings are valued at more than $200,000.

His wife, Sharon, owns an office at 417 Green Street Place, which is valued between $100,000 and $200,000.

Mrs. Hawkins also owns Homes by Sharon Inc., Sharon Construction Inc. and Sharon Properties LLC.

Rogers, Collins, Benton and Hawkins are all unopposed for re-election.

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