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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall to host forum, speak to tea parties

The last full month of campaigning is set to begin, and Rob Woodall has a busy schedule of public engagements.

The U.S. House candidate said he will host his first October Freedom Forum -- a meet and greet information session -- with voters from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Golden Corral in Lawrenceville.

He's expected to be at the same location at 7 pm. Friday to speak at the first meeting of the Founding Father Tea Party Patriots, which recently became a tea party. He's on the agenda for the Gwinnett Tea Party meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Flying Machine in Lawrenceville

The topic for Saturday's forum -- and likely the two tea party events -- is "getting the federal government out of the individual lives of the American people," a campaign press release said.

"With so many things on people's minds, it's tough to limit a Freedom Forum to just one topic of discussion. However, I find that most of the issues I field from folks stem from the core concern that their vote no longer counts, and that they no longer have a say in how they are governed," Woodall said. "I want to change that feeling by facilitating a conversation on what constituents in the 7th District believe the role of the federal government should be in their lives."

Woodall is the former chief of staff of U.S. Rep. John Linder, who is retiring at the end of the year, and said he is working hard to get his message out.

"I think we can agree that the government we have right now has gone too far," he said. "The federal government is currently trying to solve problems it was not created to solve. Rather than a 'can do' attitude, our next generation of leaders needs a 'can undo' attitude in order to start getting our nation back on course."

Guan event scheduled

Voters in state Senate District 5 have a chance to meet the Republican candidate this weekend.

Garry Guan, who is hoping to unseat incumbent Curt Thompson, is hosting a voter drive and grand opening celebration at his new campaign headquarters. The event is scheduled for Saturday at 6139-C&D Oakbrook Parkway in Norcross.

A press release did not specify a time but said there will be food and a lot of information on how to vote.

For more information, e-mail Jon Minjoe at jminjoe@gmail.com or call 678-929-4186.

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.