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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Slowinski enters congressional race

The dominoes are beginning to fall.

With U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss slated to retire in two years, and U.S. Rep. Paul Broun in the race to replace him, that leaves Broun's 10th district congressional seat open.

On Friday, Columbia County tea party leader Brian Slowinski took to YouTube to announce a run for the district, which begins in eastern Gwinnett and encompasses Athens.

Slowinski, a Republican activist, said he wants to follow in Broun's footsteps on his support of upholding the Constitution in recent years.

"Government is taxing and spending away the American Dream of the future generations," Slowinski said. "We need to elect men and women of principle who will address runaway government and save America from ruin. I am running so my six children can follow their dreams without a government taking away their God-given rights or the America we love."

Slowinski said he would focus on a 25-county grassroots approach to the campaign, using both high-tech and low-tech tools to communicate with the electorate.

"I have the background as a fighter for freedom, a leader for liberty and an everyday person not part of the professional political class," he said. "We all need to live under the same rules, including Congress, if we are serious about addressing the moral and fiscal problems of this nation."Town hall TuesdayLilburn residents will have an opportunity to sound off to their state representative this week.

Reps. David Casas and B.J. Pak, both of whom represent a part of the community, are planning a joint town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

The two are expected to discuss the current legislative session of the General Assembly.

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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