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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Kirby sworn in as House member; forum to be held for Peachtree Corners

A week after pulling off a runoff win to become the newest member of Gwinnett's legislative delegation, Tom Kirby was sworn into office last week.

Kirby, a Loganville businessman, came back from a second-place finish in a February special election to best Paul Smith 3,484 to 3,214 in the March 6 runoff.

On Tuesday, Georgia Superior Court Judge Mack Crawford gave Kirby the oath of office, as his wife Rosemary held the Bible at the State Capitol.

"I am excited to be sworn in to office and eager to get to work for the people of House District 107," Rep. Kirby said of the Loganville area district, which includes parts of Gwinnett and Walton counties.

Kirby, a Republican, replaces former Rep. Len Walker, who resigned to take a position at Big Canoe.Forum for PC runoff MondayThis month, it's the Peachtree Corners candidates heading to a runoff.

The March election only generated winners for two of the six council seats -- Jay Lowe and Phil Sadd.

The final seats will be decided April 3.


The United Peachtree Corners Civic Association is planning a candidate forum Monday to help voters reach the final decision.

The event will feature the final two candidates for District 3 as well as the at-large posts 4, 5 and 6. It is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church's fellowship hall, at 5575 Peachtree Parkway.

The forums held prior to the March vote were well-attended, so this event could fill up.

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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