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Marvin Lim

A civil rights attorney is set to jump into the open state House District 99 race this week.

Marvin Lim is expected to formally announce his candidacy Tuesday. The 35-year-old attorney, whose family immigrated to the United States from the Philippines in 1991, will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for the seat.

The state House District 99 seat will be open next year due to the fact that its current occupant, Brenda Lopez Romero, has chosen to run for the open Seventh Congressional District seat in 2020.

Lim has lived in state House District 99 since 2001. He graduated magna cum laude from Emory University and then graduated from Yale University as well. He is also one of the founding board members of the grassroots progressive group 159 Georgia Together.

“As an immigrant, I learned there’s no replacing hard work,” Lim said on his campaign website, “But no one should have to pay too high a price — like too many Georgians do — to yield fruit from their labor. Our government must make sure this will no longer be the case.”

The state House District 99 seat has not drawn Republican candidates in recent election cycles, which means that, unless that trend changes, the winner of the Democratic primary election essentially wins the seat.

Commission candidate Wilson launching Back-To-School driveThe summer break may just be starting for students across Gwinnett County, but county commission District 3 candidate Derrick Wilson announced he is already working to make sure students are ready for the 2019-20 school year.

Wilson kicked off a Back-To-School supply drive May 27 and will keep it going until July 27 at multiple locations around commission District 3.

“Our goal is to provide 200-plus backpacks full of supplies,” Wilson said.

Donations can be dropped off 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays at Gravity Indoor Trampoline Park, 2135 Main St. in Snellville. Other locations include 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at Grayson City Hall, 475 Grayson Parkway, and from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays at Upscale Barbers, 1884 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road in Lawrenceville.

Online donations can be made at

Georgians First Commission website launchedThe group launched by Gov. Brian Kemp to solicit feedback on regulations, fees and taxes that hurt small businesses in Georgia is now online, and it’s seeking public feedback.

The Georgians First Commission has launched its website,

“The Georgians First Commission website will enable us to expand our reach, hear directly from entrepreneurs and provide invaluable insight on how we can improve Georgia’s business environment,” Peachtree Corners resident and Georgians First Commission Executive director Scott Hilton said.

“We’re asking the public to share their small business story and work together with Gov. Kemp’s administration to make Georgia a better place to work, start a business and grow a business.”

Upcoming• The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners will hold their first Tuesday work session and business meeting Tuesday. The work session will be held at 10 a.m. and the business meeting will take place at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. Commissioners will also receive a briefing on the 2020 Census at 10:30 a.m. in the commission office conference room on the second floor of GJAC. The public is welcome to attend the briefing as well as the work session and business meeting.

• The Gwinnett County Young Democrats will meet at 7 p.m. June 11 at Good Word Brewing and Public House, 3085 Main St. in Duluth.

Political Notebook appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta. I eventually wandered away from home and attended the University of Southern Mississippi, in Hattiesburg, Miss., where I first tried my hand at majoring in film for a couple of years. And then political sc

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