Candidate forums aplenty

Ready or not, election season has arrived.

And nothing will prove that like the packed schedule that candidates have to keep next week.

First, there's a forum sponsored by the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association, which usually brings a good turnout of voters and candidates. The gathering will be held form 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at the Marriott in Peachtree Corners.

So far, both candidates for county solicitor, Rosanna Szabo and Jonathon Aurelia, are scheduled to attend, but that's the only local race with a slate.

State politicians who have RSVP'd include Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mac McCarley; lieutenant governor candidates Casey Cagle, a Republican, and Greg Hecht and Jim Martin, who are on the Democratic ballot; secretary of state candidates Democrat Scott Holcomb and Republican Karen Handel; Democratic school superintendent candidates Denise Majette and Danny Carter; and Dems John Coyne and Hank Johnson and the GOP's Catherine Davis, who are running for the 4th congressional district.

On Wednesday, the Brain Train will host a forum.

The Atlanta-to-Athens passenger rail backers will make a presentation then have candidates speak about idea.

That'll be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Politicians from one end of the proposed rail line to the other have been invited to attend.

On Thursday, there will be more three more opportunities to hear from candidates.

The Chamber of Commerce will host a forum for some statewide candidates from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Then the United Ebony Society will have another forum for local candidates beginning at 7 p.m. at the justice center.

At the same time, commission candidates will square off right in the center of District 4.

The Golden Triangle Community Association, which represents much of the Collins Hill area, is hosting the event at Crossroads Community Church at 1446 Calvin Davis Circle.

An informal meet-and-greet session will occur after at least 45 minutes of questions and answers, Pam Ledbetter said.

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.