Another Republican is jumping into the 7th Congressional District race during this weekend, and she’s choosing the Third Annual Trump Birthday Bash in Washington D.C. as the venue to formally kick off her campaign.

Duluth resident and Women in Action founder Lisa Noël Babbage said she will formally announce her candidacy during the event Sunday. Babbage’s Republican credentials include serving on the Gwinnett County Republican Party’s executive board and the Georgia GOP State Committee.

“She vows to keep the open seat being vacated by Congressman Rob Woodall in the ‘Republican camp,’ “ her campaign said in an announcement. “She further pledges to contribute a significant portion of her legislative salary back to small businesses and community programs in the seventh district.”

She is also an educator in DeKalb County and has received endorsements from National Black Pro Life Union and Babies Lives Matter.

Babbage is one of several Republicans that have jumped into the race to replace Woodall. The growing GOP field already included state Sen. Renee Unterman; Mark Gonsalves, Joe Profit; Ben Bullock, Richard Dean McCormick and Lynne Homrich.

Several Democrats are also running for the seat.

Lopez Romero holding official congressional campaign kickoff FridayState Rep. Brenda Lopez Romero, D-Norcross, has been running for the 7th Congressional District seat for a few months, but she will formally kickoff her campaign this week.

Lopez Romero will hold her official campaign kickoff celebration and fundraiser at 7 p.m. June 28 at the Gwinnett county Historic Courthouse, 185 Crogan St. in Lawrenceville.

“I have a steep road ahead of me, but with your support, I can meet with more communities across our district,” Lopez Romero said in an email to supporters.

Anyone interested in attending the kickoff can RSVP at

Islam highlights theme of inclusion in first campaign adDemocratic 7th Congressional District candidate Nabilah Islam released her first campaign video Thursday and it is aimed at immigrants, minorities and the LGBTQ community.

Islam focused on a message of inclusiveness in the ad — which is titled “Dreamers & Believers’ — saying hers is a campaign for minorities and other groups that have felt disenfranchised. The candidate is herself a first-generation Bengali-American, a point she brings up in the ad, which can be viewed at

“So many people in this district have stories that are similar to mine, stories of humble upbringings and the pursuit of the American dream regardless of circumstance, but they continue to go untold,” Islam said in a statement. “Just as the title of the video suggests, this campaign is for the dreamers and believers.”

Holcomb endorses Bourdeaux in congressional raceGeorgia State University professor Carolyn Bourdeaux’s campaign announced her bid in the 7th Congressional District race has picked up a new endorsement from a state legislator whose district partially crosses into Gwinnett County.

The Democrat announced state Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, endorsed Bourdeaux in the race this past week. Her campaign announced state Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta, also endorsed the college professor in the race.

Holcomb’s district is mainly in DeKalb County, but a small part of it does cross into Gwinnett County in the Peachtree Corners area.

“Thanks to her strong campaign and work to bring our area’s communities together through grassroots organizing, she made this race far closer than it’s ever been,” Holcomb said in a statement released by the Bourdeaux campaign. “Now, I’m confident that she will finish the job in 2020. She will be a terrific legislator and a strong voice for the 7th Congressional District.”

Upcoming• The Gwinnett County Republican Party and the Gwinnett Young Republicans will co-host a Family Fun Day and Cookout from noon to 3 p.m. July 13 at the Tribble Mill Park Oak Pavilion, 2125 Tribble Mill Parkway in Lawrenceville. Hamburger and hot dog plates with a drink will cost $10.

Political Notebook appears in the Sunday edition of the

Gwinnett Daily Post.

I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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