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Political Notebook: Numerous chances to meet candidates in next few weeks

The next two weeks are crammed with events to allow people to meet the candidates in the upcoming election.

Black Gwinnett Magazine has two forums scheduled, the first to be held Tuesday for state House candidates.

On Oct. 21, the magazine will host another event for countywide candidates such as those running for chairman, school board or judge.

The forums will be held at 7 p.m. at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Norcross.

On Thursday, the United Ebony Society will host a debate of those same county candidates. That will be held at 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

At the same time, people have two chances to meet officials in cities.

In the county seat, candidates for mayor and council will square off in the first forum hosted by the Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance. The 7 p.m. event will be held at the former city hall at 18 S. Clayton St.

In Snellville, citizens can hear from the city's legislators in a town hall meeting. Sen. Don Balfour, who is unopposed in November, and Rep. Melvin Everson, who faces Democrat Tony Lentini, are expected to discuss issues and legislation pending for 2009.

The event, which is a special-called meeting of the City Council, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Snellville City Hall community room.

In addition to the second magazine forum, next week also includes a forum Monday from the United Peachtree Corner Civic Association.

That event, moderated by Commissioner Bert Nasuti, will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Rollins Lodge of the Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center.

One last thing

Also, the Greater Gwinnett Republican Women will host an event to honor women holding political office.

Secretary of State Karen Handel and State Education Superintendent Kathy Cox are expected to attend, along with Georgia GOP chairwoman Sue Everhart.

Local powerful women who have RSVP'd are Sen. Renee Unterman, Rep. Donna Sheldon, Commissioner Lorraine Green, Commissioner-elect Shirley Lasseter, Tax Commissioner Katherine Sherrington and Board of Education members Carole Boyce, Mary Kay Murphy and Louise Radloff.

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

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.