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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Efstration touts vote, while Cantrell plans fundraisers in House runoff

Teresa Cantrell

Teresa Cantrell

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Chuck Efstration

Candidates in a state House race are making a push for voters with the Dec. 3 runoff approaching.

With Chuck Efstration picking up a vote from Gwinnett’s top elected official, his competition Teresa Cantrell is planning some weekend events to tout her National Rifle Association rating and small-business experience.

“As a resident of Georgia House District 104, I will be voting for Chuck Efstration,” Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said Monday. “I believe that he understands the needs of our district, and I trust him to effectively serve us.”

Nash said later she would not call the announcement an endorsement, just her own personal preference.

Efstration, a former assistant district attorney and former Gwinnett GOP chairman, has garnered a slate of endorsements in the campaign, including Sheriff Butch Conway, District Attorney Danny Porter and Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks.

“I am honored to have earned the vote of Chairman Charlotte Nash,” said Efstration. “Throughout this campaign, I have worked to express my vision to bring energetic, conservative leadership to the State House and earn the votes of the residents of District 104.”

On the Dec. 3 ballot, Efstration faces community activist Cantrell in the race to replace Donna Sheldon, who resigned to focus on a congressional campaign.

Cantrell plans a few events this weekend to connect with voters.

“Campaigning has been a wonderful experience for me,” Cantrell said. “I am able to talk to people all over the district, hear about their concerns for our state as well as their personal concerns, and I am able to pray not only for my neighbors in District 104, but I am able to put specific faces and concerns to my prayers.”

She will host an international coffee tasting fundraiser and meet-and-greet from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at her restaurant Cafe 313 at 2595 Fence Road in Dacula.

Highlighting her understanding of the plight of small business owners, the event costs $20 and includes a commemorative mug and unlimited tastings of Phoenix Community Coffees.

On Sunday, Cantrell will host a Turkey Shoot Fundraiser, emphasizing her strong stance on Second Amendment rights, which earned her the highest possible rating from the NRA.

Planned for 1 to 6 p.m. at Trigger Time, 7429 Spout Springs Road in Flowery Branch, the fundraiser costs $10 for five shots on one target.

The Dacula woman encourages people to not only bring their gun (or participants can rent a fire arm), but also their questions about her campaign.

The winner in both the rifle and pistol categories will take home a Honey Baked Ham Co. gift certificate.

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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