Political Notebook: Lawrenceville, Duluth candidate forums set

Opportunities to meet current and future leaders abound in Gwinnett over the next several days.

Tonight, a town hall meeting will feature the Lawrenceville City Council candidates.

The event, which is hosted by the Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance, will be held at 7 p.m. at 18 S. Clayton St., which is the former city hall.

The candidates include Post 4 incumbent P.K. Martin IV and his challenger, Rodney Camren.

For the third post, which will replace outgoing Councilman Bob Clark, the candidates are John Merill, Doug Nash and Katie Hart Smith.

For more information, e-mail lawrencevillena@hotmail.com or visit www.lawrencevillena.org.

Next week, the Duluth candidates will be the highlight of a Duluth Civitan Club forum. Candidates expected to attend include Elise Whitworth, George Rhode and Billy Jones, who are running for the seat being vacated by retiring Councilman Jim Hall.

The event is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Kurt's Restaurant. The cost is $15 for one person or $25 for two and includes lunch.

For reservations, contact Terry Crouch at 678-242-0445.

Saturday events

At 10:30 a.m. Saturday, state Sen. Curt Thompson, D-Norcross, will again meet with residents to discuss current events at Cafe Maum in the Global Forum shopping center on Buford Highway in Doraville.

The same day, Rep. Hank Johnson will be working in his district to underscore the importance of a fair and accurate count in the 2010 Census.

Johnson will join leaders from The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund, Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials, Center for Pan Asian Community Services, Inc. and Atlanta Urban League for a training session the population count.

The event, to be held at the Jim Cherry Learning Resource Center Auditorium at Georgia Perimeter College's Clarkston campus, is aimed at providing local community-based organizations with tools and resources to encourage their communities' full participation in the upcoming census, a press release said. Johnson's 4th District includes areas of Lilburn and Norcross.

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.