Political notebook: Obama gets support from Gwinnett

While they may not make it to Gwinnett, Democratic presidential candidates are making appearances in Georgia.

Sen. Barack Obama will have another star-studded fundraiser, this time in Atlanta on Sept. 20.

Singer Usher and former Atlanta Hawk Dominique Wilkins will be special guests at the event at the Georgia World Congress Center. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered at donate.barackobama.com/page/contribute/C2CATL.

Later that night, a VIP reception will be held, but that one will cost at least $1,000 per person.

Earlier this week, U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, became the chairman of Obama's state campaign committee alongside U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop.

"America needs strong, compassionate leadership, and Barack epitomizes those qualities," said Johnson, whose district includes parts of Norcross and Lilburn. "The senator and I share many of the same positions - particularly with regard to the Iraq War, protecting our troops, affordable health care, alternative energy and education. He has also significantly broadened the Democratic base by attracting thousands of citizens - many of whom have never participated in the political process."

According to an e-mail from the Gwinnett Democratic Party, residents from the 7th Congressional District (which is represented by Republican John Linder) plan to work in support of Obama. A volunteer meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 23. For more information, go to users3.nofeehost.com/g7forobama/.

Another Democrat in the presidential race will be in Atlanta in October.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will be the guest speaker at the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Labor Luncheon at the Omni Hotel.

For ticket information, call the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus at 404-651-5569.

Sugar Hill race update

Sugar Hill councilman Marc Cohen won't have to face opposition in November after all.

Political newcomer Heath Galbraith filed paperwork last month to take on Cohen, but when city officials checked his status he was disqualified from the race.

City Manager Bob Hail said Galbraith did not register to vote in Gwinnett County until a couple of days after he filed his paperwork. The timing was enough to keep him off the ballot.

So the only council race in Sugar Hill this year is between Susie Gajewski and David Deal, who are both seeking the post being vacated by Clint Thompson.

Also in November, residents will consider referendums on redevelopment powers and whether or not taxes should be raised to create a city police force.

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.