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POLITICS: Town halls, forums fill politicians' schedules

Camie Young

Camie Young

Gwinnettians will have plenty of opportunities to talk to politicians in the days ahead.

Today, the county commission kicks off its ‘listening tour,’ a series of town hall-type meetings where residents can sound off on issues.

Commissioners are hoping the series, which begins at Fire Station 30 on Ozora Road in Loganville, will help them earn back the trust of disgruntled voters disturbed by last year’s grand jury report. They also need help finding $18 million in the budget just 13 months removed from a tax increase.

On Saturday, state Rep. Buzz Brockway will meet with constituents. The newly elected House District 101 representative will be at the Collins Hill library from 10:30 a.m. to noon. With space limited, he’s encouraging interested people to RSVP at www.vote4buzz.com.

On Monday, voters will get their first opportunity to hear from all four of the candidates for chairman. The Gwinnett GOP is sponsoring a debate, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville.

Prior to the March 15 vote, the candidates will square off again on Feb. 15, at an event sponsored by the Alliance of Concerned Citizens of Old Peachtree. That event is set for 7 p.m. at The Bridge Community Church, located on Braselton Highway between Old Peachtree and Gravel Springs roads.

Rounding out the next week, Duluth’s State of the City address is scheduled for Tuesday.

Mayor Nancy Harris will take to the podium at the annual event, hosted by the Duluth Civitan Club. Scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Gwinnett Center, tickets cost $25 or $175 for a table of eight. Reservations can be made at www.ourduluth.com or by calling 678-957-7299.

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.

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