Voters can meet candidates at park events

Voters - Democrats and Republicans alike - will have a chance to meet some of the candidates on upcoming primary ballots at county parks this weekend.

Commissioner Mike Beaudreau has scheduled his monthly Meetings with Mike for Saturday, traveling to the Hamilton Mill community, where officials will celebrate the grand opening of Duncan Creek Park.

Beaudreau will be open to speaking with constituents immediately following the 10 a.m. ribbon cutting, and he will remain in the skate park area through noon.

"The idea behind these monthly Saturday office hours is that anyone can stop in, without scheduling a formal appointment, and I will be there to listen," said Beaudreau, a Republican whose district encompasses much of southern and eastern Gwinnett. "The only difference this month will be the location."

The 88-acre Duncan Creek Park is located at 3700 Braselton Highway in Dacula.

At Duluth-area Shorty Howell Park later that evening, Gwinnett County Democratic Party will host its annual Herb Green event.

At the free event at 5:30 p.m., party members can meet with elected officials and candidates in the upcoming election.

Attorney General Thurbert Baker and State Party Chairwoman Jane Kidd will be guest speakers, and the Herb Green Award will be presented to an outstanding party activist.

Reagan extension

to move forward

Look for more information in Friday's Daily Post about a proposed public-private initiative to extend Ronald Reagan Parkway from its current terminus at Pleasant Hill Road to Interstate 85.

Chairman Charles Bannister sent out a campaign press release Wednesday extolling the proposal, which could be financed with tolls, although Commissioner Lorraine Green, his challenger in the July Republican primary, has also said she supports the idea in public forums.

"I look forward to not only building another new road in Gwinnett but also using a new funding mechanism to do so," Bannister said in the release. "The extension of Ronald Reagan will go along way to reducing congestion in needed areas."

The county seeks proposals for the partnership in today's legal ads in the Daily Post.

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.