POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Fundraiser, Senate forum among Gwinnett political events this week


Jody Hice


Jason Carter


Don Balfour


Mike Beaudreau


P.K. Martin

With the primary election three weeks away, Gwinnettians will have more opportunities than ever to meet candidates on the ballot, with three political events set for Tuesday alone.

The day includes a tour stop by congressional candidate Jody Hice, a state Senate forum and a fundraiser for a gubernatorial candidate.

A week later, a House forum is on tap.

The first event is for Hice, who is one of a half-dozen Republicans vying for the District 10 Congressional seat Paul Broun is vacating for his Senate run.

After a noon stop in Winder at the Smokin’ Po Boys BBQ, Hice’s bus tour will stop at Dacula’s Cafe 313 at 3 p.m.

Then, Democrat Jason Carter — the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter who is staging a November challenge to Gov. Nathan Deal if he makes it past the primary — will hold a reception at 5:30 p.m. in Lawrenceville.

Those interested in attending the fundraiser, with a suggested minimum donation of $250, should contact Lee Thompson at 770-963-1997 or vlt@thompson-sweeny.com or Steve Reilly at 770-513-1200 or sreilly@amrslaw.com.

At 7 p.m. residents in state Senate District 9 will have a chance to hear from the candidates in the highly charged GOP primary.

While incumbent Sen. Don Balfour, who was acquitted of criminal charges related to expense reports last year, had not yet confirmed whether he would attend Friday, his challengers Mike Beaudreau and P.K. Martin have agreed to attend the event, sponsored by the Gwinnett County Republican Party and the Conservative Republican Women of North Atlanta.

“Sen. Balfour has a reputation for being inaccessible to constituents,” Beaudreau said in a press release. “Senate District 9 has many people with questions that their senator will not answer. They deserve accountability. I look forward to having the opportunity for citizens to ask the senator questions about his policy decisions, his voting record and his inability to be a good steward of taxpayer money.”

Beaudreau, a former county commissioner said he plans to unveil a new policy surrounding government transparency at the forum, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Summit Chase Country Club in Snellville.

“I am excited about the opportunity to further engage my friends and neighbors in Senate District 9,” Beaudreau added. “As I have knocked on many doors in this district, the voters have brought up key issues and questions. This will be a great opportunity to further address these issues and questions.”

The GOP is expected to host a forum Tuesday, May 13 for the contested House District 97 and 98 seats. More details will be forthcoming.

For those undecided on the Republican contest for Public Service Commissioner, one local neighborhood is expected to host all three candidates today. The event, which will include some other candidates on the ballot, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rivershyre’s clubhouse.

On Sunday, May 18, the subdivision will host several other candidates, including those running for the primary contested county commission and school board seats. That event is also slated for 5 to 7 p.m. at the clubhouse, located at 1150 Rivershyre Parkway 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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