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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Forums planned for Snellville City Council, SPLOST races

Ready for the sparks to fly this week?

Voters will have a chance to hear from both sides in two of the most contentious races going on this election season.

On Tuesday, candidates for Snellville’s City Council will square off in a forum, and on Wednesday, a forum will be held on the county sales tax referendum.

“It’s important for voters to hear what candidates have to say about their qualifications, positions on issues and visions for the future of our city,” said Matt Czarick of Citizens for a Better Snellville, which is organizing that event. “We feel that a forum is the fairest way for candidates to express themselves. We are extremely pleased to have Dave Huddleston serving as a moderator. Mr. Huddleston is an award-winning television reporter and news anchor, and his expertise will assure that the forum is conducted at the highest levels of professionalism.”

In addition to Citizens for a Better Snellville, the Snellville Neighborhood Alert Program is sponsoring the forum, which is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at South Gwinnett High School’s auditorium in Snellville.

The next night, the Gwinnett commissioners and the local tea party are hosting a town hall meeting about the issue in time for the Nov. 5 election.

According to a tea party representative two people from each side of the debate will be present to talk about the pros and cons. Each will give a two to three minute introduction, and the remainder of the time will be spent on questions.

Members of the audience will be able to write questions for the debate, slated for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 at the Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville.

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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