POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Senate candidates to attend Gwinnett GOP cook-off

Congressman and candidates will be in Gwinnett this weekend, participating in the Gwinnett GOP event.

The party is hosting a Republican Rumble and Chili Cook-off, an event leaders hope to repeat year after year.

From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Thrasher Park in Norcross, the event is expected to draw many of the hopefuls in the 2014 U.S. Senate race to replace Saxby Chambliss.

“This will be a fun day with various local elected officials and candidates for U.S. Senate competing for the best chili bragging rights,” said Rachel Little, the current party chairwoman. “This is a community event. We hope folks will come out and enjoy the day, listen to some good old fashioned stump speeches and vote for the ‘People’s Choice’ in the chili cook-off competition.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. They can be purchased at www.gwinnettrepublicans.com.

If you are hungry on Friday, you can meet a candidate for the state House seat that opened up due to the domino effect of the Senate race.

Chuck Efstration, the former chair of the Gwinnett GOP is hosting a free hot dog cookout from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday in a lot across Dacula Road from the football stadium, where the Falcons will host a homecoming game later in the evening.

Efstration is one of four candidates on Nov. 5 ballots for the House District 104 race. State Rep. Donna Sheldon resigned from that seat to run for the Congressional seat of Paul Broun, who is in the hunt for the U.S. Senate role.

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