POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Two candidates claim fundraising victories

Both candidates in the House District 98 race are claiming victory in fundraising.

Former Chairman Wayne Hill said last week's campaign disclosures "confirm his position as the leading candidate" in the race, where incumbent Bobby Reese has set his sights on Congress.

Hill raised more than $40,000 with contributions from more than 100 people.

"I am so thankful to all those that have contributed their hard-earned money, especially in these tough times," Hill said in a press release. "Our campaign is about getting things done for our Gwinnett communities, and the faith these people have put in our campaign is truly humbling."

Buford businessman Josh Clark raised nearly $15,000 during the first three months of 2010. That brings his total to $45,375.95 since the campaign began, and he has another fundraiser scheduled for next week.

"We continue to be humbled by the support we continue to receive for our campaign of fiscal responsibility, limited government, and accountability," Clark said "This campaign is about the people and their desire for fresh solutions to the problems we face. ... We need to get the government out of the way so businesses can put people back to work.

Attorney Jason Thompson suspended his campaign, but Robert J. McClure filed a declaration of intent to seek the office last month. He did not file a campaign disclosure this week.

Guan has poster contest

Senate candidate Garry Guan will pick a winner today in an art contest for his campaign poster.

Guan, who is running for the 5th Senate District as a Republican, hoping to become the state's first Asian-American state senator, asked the students of Sabah Kinder Arts to come up with a poster idea for him.

Awards will be presented to the top design submissions during a 6:30 p.m. event at Hong Kong supermarket on Jimmy Carter Boulevard.

Many of them tried to capture Guan's roots as a youth at a labor camp in China will his new role in America.

For more information, go to www.guanforsenate.com or www.skaacademy.com.

Deal to be in Gwinnett

Gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal will be the guest speaker Monday at a meeting of the Greater Gwinnett Republican Women.

Deal, who recently resigned his congressional seat to run for governor, is expected to update the crowd on his campaign as well as the recent debates in Washington.

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