POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Gov. Nathan Deal to give environmental address in Gwinnett

Gov. Nathan Deal

Gov. Nathan Deal

For much of the 2000’s, Gwinnett was the scene to hear Georgia’s governor talk about the environment.

The annual environmental address sponsored by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful brought an interest from across the state, and became a platform for an issue that has had growing importance in politics.

After a five-year absence, the address is coming back, with Gov. Nathan Deal engaged to speak on the issue next week.

Deal will be making the speech for the first time on March 6. The Gainesville man has made a point to return to Gwinnett often this year, as he faces a re-election battle.

“Environmental awareness and stewardship are keys to keeping our community and state vibrant, thriving and economically growing,” said Connie Wiggins, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s executive director.

Tickets, which cost $45 each, are available until Friday for the luncheon, scheduled for 11:15 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Gwinnett Convention Center.

For more information go to www.gwinnettcb.org.

Health care event

A pair of Gwinnett legislators will be out this weekend helping people learn about the Affordable Care Act.

At 11 a.m. Saturday, state Sen. Curt Thompson, D-Tucker, and Rep. Pedro Marin, D-Duluth, will give a presentation and answer questions from people interested in signing up for health coverage on Healthcare.gov.

Attendees will also be able to get one-on-one help signing up on the exchange, thanks to sponsors from Peach State Health Plan, the National Association of Chinese Americans and the Center for Pan Asian Community Services.

The town hall event is scheduled from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Gwinnett Place Mall in Duluth.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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