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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Candidates at separate events this Thursday

Camie Young

Camie Young

Voters have the chance to meet many of the local candidates -- but not at the same place.

The Gwinnett League of Women Voters is hosting a debate Thursday, but four of the GOP's top candidates have their own meet and greet scheduled at the same time.

In a press release, debate sponsor Delta Sigma Theta acknowledged that many of the 11 participants are political newcomers.

Those who have agreed to participate in the nonpartisan event, scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. at the Berkmar High School theater include District 2 County Commission candidates Lynette Howard and Robert Byars; State House candidates: Pamela Dickerson and Rodney Upton of District 95, Porter Deal of District 102 and Steffini Bethea of District 106; Senate candidates Curt Thompson and Garry Guan, who are vying for District 5, Dr. Rashid Malik of District 9, Fran Millar and Eric Christ, both of District 40.

At the same time, B.J. Pak, who will face Deal in the District 102 race and Brett Harrell, who will face Bethea in the District 106 race have a conflicting event -- with congressional candidate Rob Woodall and Rep. David Casas of District 103.

"With early voting beginning this week, we wanted to provide an opportunity for residents to meet the candidates who hope to represent them in Atlanta and Washington for the next two years," said Bruce LeVell, who is organizing the event with the Gwinnett GOP. "Undecided voters can drop in anytime during the event to speak with the candidates one on one and learn their positions on issues important to Gwinnett County."

The meet and greet is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. at the Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville.

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.