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POLITICS: Woodall hosts meet and greet

Lawrenceville's Square was full of politicians Thursday.

Not only were several Lawrenceville council members, a couple of commission candidates and a handful of legislator hopefuls on hand for a rally in opposition to a plan to privatize and expand the Gwinnett County Airport, but a congressional candidate was meeting constituents in a local venue.

Rob Woodall, U.S. Rep. John Linder's former chief of staff who is hoping to replace his boss in Washington, held a town hall-style meeting at the Singin' Bean, which overlooked the crowd of 200 at the rally.

In a press release, Woodall's campaign said the goal was to have a one-on-one discussion on policies such as abolishing federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Energy, as well as health care and immigration reform.

"There are a lot of questions percolating in communities and around dinner tables in the 7th District that require much more than the 60-second answers folks get at a candidate forum," Woodall said. "Much of the reason that there is such a disparity between Washington, D.C., and the rest of the nation is due to a lack of communication. I am here to facilitate that communication."

Woodall said he would continue to host meetings like that leading up the July 20 primary.

"It is important that the next representative for the 7th District is available to address the tough questions here at home and take the knowledge gained back to Washington, D.C.," he said. "The job of your Congressman is to work for you."

Harrell, Anderson endorsed by 9.12 Project

A couple of Snellville political figures received endorsements from the Georgia 9.12 Project Action Network.

In a press release, the organization's chairwoman Tricia Pridemore said House District 106 candidate Brett Harrell is "the candidate that truly embodies the nine principles and 12 values necessary to return America to the nation of our Founding Fathers."

The 12 values are honesty, reverence, hope, thrift, humility, charity, sincerity, moderation, hard work, courage, personal responsibility, and gratitude. The principles are available online at www.the912project.com.

"I welcome and appreciate not only the endorsement of the 9.12 Project Action Network, but also their active support in this campaign," Snellville's former mayor said. "I will remain true to the principles and values espoused by the 9.12 Project as all Americans should."

The group also gave an endorsement to former Snellville Councilman Joe Anderson, who is seeking to unseat incumbent state Sen. Don Balfour.

"I am both honored and humbled by this endorsement," Anderson said. "This is an extremely well informed grass-roots group that really does their homework. They don't just talk the talk; they walk the walk, putting volunteers on the ground to work for their endorsed candidates."

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.