POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Johnson's new role could help with jobs

Local Congressman Hank Johnson hopes his new role on a House subcommittee can help in the creation of jobs.

Johnson, whose DeKalb-based district includes parts of Norcross and Lilburn, was named to the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet earlier this month.

"In light of so many Georgians struggling with the economic downturn, consumer interests should remain our top priority," Johnson said.

"I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to help foster innovation and job creation through fair and equitable copyright and intellectual property law. As a longstanding consumer advocate, I will also be focused on whether mergers will lead to increased choices and lower prices for consumers. Georgia is home to a burgeoning tech sector, and I look forward to helping Georgia's and the nation's businesses grow."

Forum set

Voters will have a chance to hear from the candidates in Lawrenceville's Nov. 8 election, where six people are vying for two council seats.

The Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance a candidate forum at 7 p.m. tonight at the old city hall at 18th South Clayton Street.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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