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All six GOP gubernatorial candidates to stop by barbecue

This Memorial Day, Gwinnettians will get a chance to meet the Republican candidates for governor.

After the GOP marches in Dacula's annual parade, the local party will host a barbecue, and all six candidates in the governor's race said they will stop by.

"Gwinnett County voters are interested in the upcoming election," party Chairman Chuck Efstration said. "This is an opportunity for members of the community to meet each of the candidates for governor and ask questions about the issues that are important in Gwinnett."

Each candidate - Congressman Nathan Deal, Secretary of State Karen Handel, state Sen. Eric Johnson, Ray McBerry, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, and state Rep. Austin Scott - are scheduled to speak at the event, and other GOP candidates for statewide office are scheduled to attend.

The barbecue, catered by Holy Smokes BBQ, will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at Dacula Park. Tickets are $10.

"The Gwinnett Republican Party is serious about making these candidates accessible to our local electorate," Efstration said.

By the way, former Gwinnett GOP chairman BJ VanGundy was elected to the second vice president slot for the state party, and Scott is scheduled to speak at the party's next breakfast on June 6.

Chamber event

On Tuesday, legislators will rehash the 2009 legislative session.

The 8:30 a.m. event at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce is billed as a summit for business leaders to learn not only about the last session but about pro-business legislation to be considered in 2010.

Gwinnett's legislative delegation, county commissioners and local mayors and city council members have been invited to the meeting.

To RSVP, e-mail Natalie Shore at Natalie@gwinnettchamber.org or register online at www.gwinnettchamber.org/grregistration.

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.