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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Guan drops out due to qualifying objection

ELECTION CENTRAL

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Just in time for primary ballots, Secretary of State Brian Kemp released information about a series of qualifying objections throughout the state, including three in Gwinnett.

In one, Garry Guan voluntarily withdrew his candidacy for State Senate District 5, after his residency was brought into question.

That means that Sen. Curt Thompson, D-Tucker, will retain his seat for the next two years.

Kemp also adopted an administrative law judge's findings that Carla Roberts is qualified to seek the House District 81 seat. Christopher Boedeker, who is also running for the Republican nomination for the seat, had filed the objection.

Again adopting the findings of an administrative law judge, Kemp also dismissed the challenge to Brooke Siskin's qualifications to be a candidate for State House District 95.

Siskin, a Democrat, is set to face incumbent Republican Tom Rice in November.

Upcoming forums

Less than a week before the July 31 referendum on a controversial transportation tax proposal, residents have a final opportunity to learn about the issue.

The Georgia Tea Party Patriots -- an organization that has campaigned against the proposed 1 percent regional tax -- is hosting a forum. A representative from the campaign in favor of the tax will also be on hand for the event, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

On Saturday, the Georgia Chapter of Black Women for Obama will host its first-ever town hall event in Duluth.

The event will feature political figures and "issues important to the voting community," including state Sen. Horacena Tate, Atlanta Public Schools Board Member Brenda Muhammad, Untie Atlanta campaign manager Che Watkens, state Democratic Party Chair Mike Berlon and others.

"The purpose of this town hall meeting is to give citizens a forum to dialogue with elected leaders and candidates," said Judy Jones, the state chapter director for the group. "We want to raise awareness around civic responsibility and why it is imperative more now than ever that we get out the vote during this election cycle."

The town hall meeting is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Biz Lynks Center, located at 3665 Club Drive, Suite 107 in Duluth.

Dooley endorses PSC candidate

Tea party activist Debbie Dooley is weighing in on one of the statewide Public Service Commission race this primary season.

The Dacula woman wrote a letter casting support to Pam Davidson, who is challenging incumbent Stan Wise in the Republican race. Dooley contrasts Wise's history of taking gifts from lobbyists with Davidson's pledge to spurn them.

"On July 31st, Georgians who expect ethical government officials have the chance to show Stan Wise the door in the Republican primary," Dooley wrote.

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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