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Roundtable to feature congressional hopefuls

Event Thursday organized by Tea Party Patriots

POSTED: September 24, 2012 12:33 a.m.
 

Republican and Democrat nominees for U.S. House of Representatives seats will visit Forsyth County for an informational session on Thursday.

The roundtable discussion, organized by the Forsyth County Tea Party Patriots Alliance, will feature the candidates for Districts 7 and 9 who will be on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The doors open at 7 p.m. at the Forsyth County Administration Building.

Member Bob Frey said the nonpartisan group wanted to hold the event to give people a chance to get to know those candidates and understand the recent redistricting.

In the roundtable, Frey said the moderators will put out topics for discussion.

“A roundtable is not a debate,” he said. “We want people to find out what they’re like by talking about the topics, not arguing amongst themselves.”

Republican Doug Collins and Democrat Jody Cooley are vying for the District 9 seat, which includes the northern part of Forsyth County.

In District 7, which includes the southern half of Forsyth, Republican incumbent Rob Woodall faces Democrat Steve Reilly.

People can ask questions of the hopefuls during the event.

“They can find out if these people will take their views to D.C.,” Frey said.

The event also will give county residents a chance to learn about the redistricting changes that take effect this election cycle, Frey said.

As a result of redistricting, incumbent Woodall's district includes nearly half of Forsyth County and a swath of Gwinnett. It previously included just a small part of south Forsyth.

The northern half of the county is in District 9, which will no longer be represented by Tom Graves.

Graves is running for the newly added District 14 congressional seat that covers much of northwest Georgia.

He formerly represented District 9, but will no longer have any of his new district in Forsyth.

Graves was invited to attend the roundtable discussion, Frey said, but likely will not be able to attend due to a conflicting family event.

 

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