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Rep. Marin to face Democratic, Republican challengers

LAWRENCEVILLE - One of Gwinnett's Hispanic representatives at the Capitol could face a challenging road back to the Gold Dome.

Two men - a Republican and a Democrat - filed qualifying papers Wednesday for the House District 96 seat currently held by Pedro Marin, a Democrat from Duluth.

That means Marin will face a July 15 primary challenge by Torry Lewis, a 24-year-old who made gains during a race for the same seat two years ago. If he survives that battle, Marin will then face a November challenge from the Republican candidate, Norcross Councilman Keith Shewbert.

Also Wednesday, Lawrenceville attorney Lee Thompson filed paperwork for the Democratic nomination for House District 104, which is held by Republican John Heard.

Former Duluth Mayor Shirley Lasseter entered the three-person race for the Republican nomination for the county commission, seeking the District 1 seat being vacated by Lorraine Green so Green can run for county chairman.

The qualifying period continues through noon Friday.

SideBar: At a glance

The following candidates filed paperwork Wednesday to qualify for offices representing Gwinnett and Barrow counties.

State Senator, District 5, Curt Thompson, D (i)

State Representative, District 96, Torry Lewis, D

State Representative, District 96, Keith Shewbert, R

State Representative, District 103, David Casas, R (i)

State Representative, District 104, Lee Thompson, D

Gwinnett BOC, District 1, Shirley Lasseter, R

Barrow BOC, District 3, Bill Healan, D (i)

Barrow Sheriff, James B. Bonnemer Sr., D

Barrow Chief Magistrate, Monica Durden, R