U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., was praised by supporters of “Marsy’s Law for Georgia” Friday for his support of a state constitutional amendment which extended the rights of crime victims.

The group presented an award to Woodall on Friday to thank him for the support of the amendment. Georgia voters approved the amendment during the November general election.

“Congressman Woodall’s early support of Marsy’s Law for Georgia helped build the momentum that led to this constitutional amendment passing by one of the highest margins in state history,” Marsy’s Law for All National Outreach Director Erinn Mahathey said in a statement.

“As one of the first members of the Georgia delegation to speak out for victims, his leadership on this issue will pay off for Georgians for generations to come. We’re proud to single out his work with this award.”

Woodall said, “I was proud to work for survivors and victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and gang violence as we worked together to bring Marsy’s Law across the finish line. Protecting victims of violent crimes from the very criminals who perpetrated the crime is our responsibility, and this ensures that it happen.”

Democrats attack Unterman as she jumps into congressional raceNewly minted 7th Congressional District candidate Renee Unterman is already coming under fire from Democrats.

The state senator announced her bid to run for the seat as a Republican at a rally in Buford Thursday night. Democratic candidate Carolyn Bourdeaux quickly issued a statement criticizing Unterman for her role in helping get Georgia’s controversial “Heartbeat Bill” passed. Bourdeaux’s campaign also released an ad attacking Unterman Thursday night.

“Renee Unterman is a direct threat to women — to our health and to our fundamental right to control our own bodies,” Bourdeaux said in her statement.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee then weighed in as well Friday afternoon.

“(As) the author of the state’s rigid and dangerous limitations on women’s access to health care, it’s clear she’s willing to put both Georgia families’ health care and jobs at stake to advance her own political agenda,” DCCC spokesperson Avery Jaffe said in a statement.

Isakson: Brookwood student accepted to Merchant Marine AcademyBrookwood High School student Blake Jennings will be attending the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy this fall, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson announced Friday.

Jennings was one of 35 students nominated to military service academies by Isakson who received an academy appointment, according to the senator’s office. The students were honored at a reception hosted by Isakson in Atlanta last month.

“I commend all of the students who have received appointments to our nation’s prestigious military academies,” Isakson said in a statement. “These highly sought-after appointments are a testament to these students’ achievements in the classroom and well beyond, and I thank them for choosing to put their talents to use in service of our nation.”

Bullock formally announces congressional bidPeachtree Corners Ben Bullock officially kicked off his campaign for the 7th Congressional District race this past week.

Bullock is a U.S. Air Force veteran and founder of a real estate investment firm who is joining the growing Republican field of six candidates who are vying to replace U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, who will not seek re-election next year. Five Democrats are also running for the seat.

“I’m running for Congress to continue my service to this great country. To put us on a path of economic prosperity, security and common-sense conservative policies,” Bullock said in his campaign announcement video which can be viewed at www.bullockforga.com.

UpcomingThe Gwinnett Democratic Party will hold is June Coffee and Conversation at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the party headquarters, which is located in Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Suite 243 in Duluth. Blue Institute co-founder Ashley Robinson will facilitate a conversation about a Democratic blueprint for the future in Gwinnett.

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

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