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Johnson to announce election move

Judy Jordan Johnson is expected to re-emerge in Lawrenceville politics today.

Johnson has scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. at the historic county courthouse to talk about the upcoming general election in her hometown.

That could mean the former council member will run for mayor again. She lost a tight race against incumbent Rex Millsaps in 2008.

As daughter of late Mayor Rhodes Jordan, Johnson has said she wants to follow in her father's footsteps.

No debate for governor hopefuls

What was expected to be the first gubernatorial debate between Democrat Roy Barnes and Republican Nathan Deal did not happen Wednesday, with the two appearing separately at a Savannah tourism forum instead.

Deal, who won the GOP runoff last week, balked at the idea, saying tourism was a "discussion subject," in an Associated Press report.

''We had said that we did not want to do debates until October,'' Deal said. ''Once you do one, everybody starts asking that they want to schedule a local debate in their community.''

During the event, the two did offer different answers to a question on expanding gambling in the state.

Deal said he would consider casino gambling, while Barnes said he was hesitant that would take money away from the state lottery, which funds HOPE scholarships.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.