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District 106 candidates to appear at forum

With just a few weeks of campaigning left, candidates in the House District 106 race will appear in their first forum today.

An event hosted by the Greater Gwinnett Republican Women will offer the first glimpse of the candidates side by side.

Tegwen Beaudreau said the three candidates - former Snellville councilmen Melvin Everson and Warren Auld and former Gwinnett Transit Advisory Board chairman Garry Rhodes - have agreed to attend the question and answer session.

The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Conference Room A at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville.

For more information about the Greater Gwinnett Republican Women, visit www.ggrw.org .

In a week, the Gwinnett Republican Party will host another forum for the candidates. That event will also be held at the justice center at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11.

Voter's rights march

Civil rights activists from across the nation will descend on Atlanta this weekend for the Keep the Vote Alive march, being sponsored by the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.

Saturday's march coincides with the 40th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson's signing of the Voting Rights Act and will call attention to portions of that law that will be up for reauthorization in 2007.

Among provisions that would die unless Congress acts is a requirement that the U.S. Justice Department sign off on all election law changes passed by legislatures in Georgia and other states with a history of racial discrimination.

That includes the legislative and congressional redistricting plans the General Assembly adopts at least once per decade (much more often in recent years) and a Republican-backed bill lawmakers passed this year requiring voters to show a photo ID at the polls.

Marchers will gather at the Richard B. Russell Federal Building in downtown Atlanta on Saturday morning and then head to Herndon Stadium on the campus of Morris Brown College.

Jackson, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta, and others will deliver speeches at the stadium, and a concert there later in the day will feature Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack and Willie Nelson.

- Staff Writer Dave Williams contributed to this report.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com .