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Political notebook: GOP delegates chosen for convention

While most of them voted for Mitt Romney, Republicans from Georgia's seventh congressional district are ready to back John McCain for president, said BJ Van Gundy, the chairman of the party district.

Van Gundy, a local political player, was elected during a convention held Saturday, as one of three delegates to the GOP convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul in September. The other delegates will be Amy Borden and Judy Dyer, with Bill Greene, Julianne Thompson and Bill Reynolds set to serve as alternates.

"I'm very happy with the way that the convention went and proud of the delegation that we will be sending. It is a great honor for all of us to represent this very Republican district on the national level," Van Gundy said of the district, which includes a large portion of Gwinnett, parts of Forsyth and Newton counties and all of Walton and Barrow counties.

"Anyone who thinks that the Republican Party faithful aren't ready to support John McCain are simply wrong and confused," he said, praising the 15 people who sought the delegate spots. "Previous district conventions that I have been a part of have typically only attracted eight or nine (people) that were interested in participating on the national level. Based on the standing ovation given for the John McCain video that we showed at the convention this party has rallied around our candidate and intends to win in November."

According to the party's rules, three delegates are chosen by each of the state's 13 Congressional districts. Another 30 people will be elected at the state party convention to be held in Columbus in May. With the addition of the state Republican party chairman, national committeewoman and national committeeman, Georgia has the seventh largest delegation to the convention, according to a press release.

During Saturday's event at Central Gwinnett High School, attendees also cast their ballots on seven resolutions involving political issues.

The Republicans supported resolutions to:

· support English as the official language

· urge Congress to amend the Civil Rights Attorney's Fees Awards Act and vote in favor of Senate Bill 415 and House Resolution 725.

· continue party support of the military mission in Iraq

· call for an end of efforts to construct a North American Free Trade Agreement Superhighway System

· reject amnesty for illegal immigrants

· support the FairTax proposal from U.S. Rep. John Linder, who represents the 7th District

Convention attendees defeated one resolution, which recommended public officials boycott the Beijing Olympics. Van Gundy said he believed the resolution failed because of "a simple misunderstanding."

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.