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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Civil rights leader to endorse Hank Johnson

Camie Young

Camie Young

One of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement is expected to back incumbent U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson today.

A noon press conference has been scheduled, where the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery is expected to endorse Johnson, who is facing re-election for District 4 among a crowded field of both Democrats and Republicans.

Lowery, who was a founding member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, "believes Congressman Johnson's efforts to pass President Barack Obama's Recovery Act, health care reform and Wall Street reform epitomize the courage and character needed in Congress," a statement said.

Ralston in town, another town hall

There are two more events today to let you know about.

This morning, Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and other members of the GOP leadership will be in Suwanee.

The 9:30 a.m. event at Town Center Park is part of a tour the leadership is taking across Georgia to talk about the 2010 legislative session as well as next year's priorities.

This evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the historic courthouse in Lawrenceville, Congressional candidate Chuck Efstration will host a town hall meeting focusing on immigration policies.

The assistant district attorney seeking the GOP nod for the 7th District is expected to "discuss the responsibility of the United States to seal its border," along with D.A. King, an immigration expert with the Dustin Inman Society. King, who helped write Georgia's tough immigration laws, is not endorsing any candidates in the race, a statement clarifies.

Forum on Saturday

On Saturday, the conservative group North Georgia 912 will host a "Rapid Fire BBQ Candidate Forum."

The event, which will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. at Bogan Park in Buford, will include candidates for governor, secretary of state, agriculture, insurance, labor and public service commissioner, state school superintendent and two congressional races.

"2010 is the year of the educated voter. I've never seen so many people so involved in the political process; from researching candidates to getting out to meet and greet events to talk to the candidates," event organizer Mary Adamski said. "Our members and fellow patriots from around the state of Georgia are taking an active interest in the candidates this election cycle. We are educated, we are engaged and we are motivated. We want principled and valued candidates that will truly represent us."

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.