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Political notebook: Huckabee, Giuliani coming to Gwinnett

Gwinnett may be turning into a regular stop on the campaign trail for Republican hopefuls.

Local GOP Chairman Gregory Howard said details are being worked out for two more presidential candidates to make appearances in the county in the next month.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee could become the first to make an appearance that is free and open to the public.

On Sept. 8, Huckabee has plans to stop in Gwinnett County as well as Cobb and McDonough. Howard said arrangements are being made to feature Huckabee at the regular GOP monthly breakfast, but the breakfast may turn into a lunch depending on the governor's schedule.

"I'm glad to have a candidate that will do something for free," Howard said. "We've been fighting to get him here. We've been fighting to get any one of them here."

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has planned a Sept. 13 fundraiser in Gwinnett, although attendance requires a $1,000 minimum donation, Howard said.

Earlier this year, GOP hopeful Mitt Romney appeared at the state party convention in Duluth, while former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, who has not yet declared his candidacy, appeared at a Sean Hannity event at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

For details on both events, call Howard at 770-925-VOTE or at e-mail him at chairman@gwinnettgop.com.

Harris to run for Duluth mayor

While Nancy Harris' name hasn't been on an election ballot, the Duluth native said she knows a thing or two about politics.

"Being a principal of a school involved a certain amount of politics," she said with a laugh.

Harris said she intends to qualify to run for Duluth mayor next week. Incumbent Shirley Lasseter has announced she won't seek another term so she can run for a county commission seat.

"I want to focus on quality growth," said Harris, who retired as principal at B.B. Harris Elementary School, which was named for her father. "I'm ready to serve. I've spent a lot of time talking to people. I know what people want to see accomplished. ... I am passionate about this job because I'm passionate about this city. It's my hometown."

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.