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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Woodall spends week meeting with Gwinnett constituents

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Camie Young

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall made the most of a congressional break this week, meeting with a number of groups and constituents back home in Georgia.

Woodall attended more than 20 events and meetings last week, including meeting with students at Archer High School in Lawrenceville and Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, a press release stated.

"Visiting with students truly grounds me in the reality that I am working to secure their future," Woodall said in the release. "When I say that America's best days are still ahead, it's the optimism from these young folks that tells me I'm right. This district work week provided for some real inspiration."

The congressman traveled through his 7th District, giving legislative updates to the Walton County Chamber of Commerce, the Monroe Kiwanis Club, the Forsyth Chamber of Commerce and the Loganville Rotary Club.

"I make it a point to communicate as often as I can through email correspondence and phone calls with constituents, but I jump at the opportunity to meet with concerned citizens in person whenever I can," Woodall said. "Members of our local chambers of commerce and civic organizations are the real leaders in our communities. They have 'skin in the game' for all of the critical issues facing America, and that makes their feedback critical to take to Washington."

The Lawrenceville man also spent time in his district office, meeting with constituents, the release said. "The constituents of the Seventh District understand the magnitude of the decisions we must make today in order to get the nation back on track for the future," he said. "Though constituents have many different ideas about which changes should come first, we all share the same passion for ensuring that we leave the dark days of fiscal irresponsibility behind us."

The congressman will be back in Washington this week, but next month he plans to begin another round of town hall meetings, giving even more constituents the opportunity to talk.

"Congress has a lot of important decisions to make in the coming weeks, which is why it is so crucial for me to continue to reach out to as many folks back home as possible," Woodall said, adding that the schedule for the town halls is available at http://woodall.house.gov. "I can only speak for those that I represent when I can speak with those that I represent. I appreciate all of those in the 7th District that have been willing to invest in me through their time and intellect. Together, we are making a difference."HOT topicA big crowd is expected Monday, during the first of a series of Gwinnett GOP town hall meetings.

The major topic for the event, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Northview Church on Gravel Springs Road in Buford, is the controversial HOT lanes that are being blamed for heavy traffic since their Oct. 1 start date.

State Sen. Renee Unterman, who has blasted the project, is expected to attend, along with Reps. Buzz Brockway, Josh Clark, Valerie Clark and Donna Sheldon, County Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash, Commissioners Mike Beaudreau and John Heard, and School Board Member Carole Boyce. Attendees are asked to bring canned foods to donate to the church's food pantry.

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

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