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McCain parties planned

Gwinnett Republicans have a chance to help John McCain kick off his presidential campaign with a set of house parties scheduled tonight.

Commissioner Mike Beaudreau, who is heading the local campaign, said supporters can get yard signs and bumper stickers at the events and DVDs will be shown. The parties also feature a live conference call with Cindy McCain, who Republicans hope will be the next first lady.

The "main party," hosted by the Gwinnett Republican Party and Steve and Nancy Ramey will be held at Riverstone Steakhouse Seafood at 4299 Lawrenceville Highway in Lilburn. Contact Steve Ramey at steve@thediversitycampus.com.

A party for people in the Lawrenceville/Suwanee area will be held at the Edgewater subdivision. Hosted by Butch Poss, an unsuccessful candidate for commissioner two years ago, and Peggy Armstrong, who recently lost a primary for a Senate seat, the event is at 422 Wellington Point Drive in Lawrenceville. For information, contact Armstrong at 770-237-2901.

A Dacula/Hamilton Mill/Buford area party will be held at the Fairmont on the Park subdivision clubhouse. That is located on the 890 block of Fairmont Park Drive in Dacula. For information, contact Robbin Rhyne at robbinrhyne@bellsouth.net.

Beaudreau opened a Gwinnett McCain headquarters, where people can pick up signs and bumper stickers if they miss the parties. The campaign office is in downtown Lawrenceville at 148 S. Clayton St.

Last weekend, the Georgia Campaign for Change, which is a project of the Georgia Democratic Party to harness support for presumptive nominee Barack Obama and other Democrats, opened a field office in Winder.

The office at 114 E. Midland Ave. is one of nine in the state.

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.