With just a week left to go before the election runoff, voters will have a chance to meet the candidates.
On Wednesday, the Gwinnett Republican Party will hold a forum not just for the GOP runoff in the District 3 commission race but also in the nonpartisan judicial races.
The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, with 11Alive reporter Doug Richards acting as moderator. The candidates are expected to arrive early to meet individually with people, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
"All three of these races have a significant impact on the future of Gwinnett County, through important decisions the winners of these races will make both on the Commission and in the judicial branch," said Bruce LeVell, chairman of the Gwinnett Republican Party. "The party believes it is important for as many citizens as possible to be engaged and informed about these candidates in what will most likely be a low-turnout election."
The Aug. 21 GOP primary runoff will determine whether Mike Beaudreau or Tommy Hunter serves the four-year term for commission in District 3, because no Democrat has qualified for the November race.
On nonpartisan ballots, Kathy Schrader and Tracey Mason Blasi are seeking a Superior Court seat, and Emily Brantley and Pam Britt are facing off for State Court.
For more information about the event or the group, visit www.gwinnettrepublicans.com.
Clark given conservative award
State Rep. Josh Clark, R-Buford, was named a "Defender of Liberty" by the American Conservative Union.
According to the group, Clark has voted 100 percent in support of legislation reflecting conservative principles during the 2012 legislative session.
"It is an honor to receive the Defender of Liberty award from the American Conservative Union," Clark said. "The rights enjoyed by our citizens were endowed to us by our creator and their preservation requires constant vigilance. It is my privilege and passion to continue fighting for these conservative principles under the Gold Dome."
This is the first year the group has given scores to legislators, tracking a wide range of issues includingsupport for a constitutionally limited government, individual liberty, free markets, a strong national defense and traditional values. "I am proud to present the inaugural Georgia ACU awards to those conservative state legislators who continue to fight for fiscal responsibility, the rights of the unborn and the Second Amendment," said Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union.
Clark represents District 98 in northern Gwinnett.
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