With a still simmering political climate in Barrow County, politicians clambered to qualify last week in the upcoming county elections.
Billy Parks is the only commissioner who isn't facing a primary battle on a board fraught with strife over allegations against the county chairman, who isn't up for election this year.
Frank D. Clark challenged incumbent Isaiah "Coach" Berry for the District 4 position, and Joel H. (Joe) Robinson challenged District 6's Ben Hendrix.
School board seats are just as contentious, with incumbents Connie Wehunt and Mark Still the only candidates not facing a July battle.
For the board's District 1, incumbent Randall Holland will face Jacquelin Twiss and Blake Foster on the GOP ballot, while District 4's Larry Ballard will square off against Will Dunn and Beverly Anne Nelson Kelley and District 7's Daniel Cromer is challenged by DuWayne Anderson and Dexter Sullivan.
To prepare for the battles, the county GOP has set up a series of forums, beginning with a June 7 event for the eight Republican candidates seeking the 7th Congressional District to replace John Linder.
A forum will be held June 14 at the Winder Cultural Arts Center for people to hear from candidates for state senate District 47 as well as county commission districts 4 and 6 and school board districts 1, 4 and 7.
At Statham Elementary on June 24 voters can hear from the senate candidates as well as school board district 1 and 7 candidates, with a final forum Monday, Juy 12 at Bramlett Elementary for the senate district, commission district 4 and 6 candidates and school board district 4 and 7 candidates.
GOP Chairman Ken Young said statewide candidates may appear at all four events.
Meet with Mike
Commissioner Mike Beaudreau is inviting constituents to meet him Saturday at a new local park.
Beaudreau has scheduled his May Meetings with Mike event to be held just after the 10 a.m. ribbon cutting at the new Freeman's Mill Park.
The park is located at 1401 Alcovy Road in Lawrenceville.
Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.