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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Duluth, Lawrenceville candidates to meet in forums this week

With elections slated for cities throughout Gwinnett in less than a month, local residents will have opportunities to meet the candidates in two municipalities this week.

The Duluth candidates will meet in a forum hosted by the Payne-Corley House on Tuesday.

The event will begin with a meet and greet at 6 p.m. followed by a question and answer session with incumbents Marsha Anderson Bomar and Jim Dugan and their challengers, David Cossette and Louis Tseng, who are facing Bomar, and Kirkland Carden and Seth Grey, who are facing Dugan.

On Thursday, candidates will meet in a forum, hosted for the fifth year by the Lawrenceville Neighborhood Alliance.

Planned for 7 p.m. at City Hall, audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions during the event, a flier said.

With Councilman P.K. Martin deciding to sit out the race this year, four candidates are campaigning to replace him: Renita Hamilton, Rory Johnson, Keith Roche and Larry Troutman.

Poll puts Deal head to head with Carter

With ethics scandals still plaguing Gov. Nathan Deal, a progressive organization says his lead in the re-election campaign is slipping.

A poll commissioned by Better Georgia showed a “weak position” for Deal going into next year’s campaign. The poll showed his job approval rating fell from 44 approve/32 disapprove in August to 34 approve/41 disapprove this month.

The poll showed Deal with a much closer race with Democrat Jason Carter in a hypothetical match-up. The results came in at 44/40, much closer than the August polling of 48/33.

In a press release, Better Georgia said the results could be attributed to the ethics scandals, as 48 percent of those polled said the recent call of the state ethics commission for an independent investigation of Deal’s last campaign is a “convincing reason” to vote against his re-election, and 52 percent said his failure to file political contribution reports is another convincing reason. Even more, 62 percent, said they would be convinced to vote no because of his inaction over a company that owes the state $72 million in back taxes.

The poll did not match up Deal with two of the Republicans who have challenged him in next year’s primary, Dalton Mayor David Pennington and State School Superintendent John Barge.

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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