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Chamber to hold legislative breakfast
Event is Dec. 8 at West High
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The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce’s pre-legislative breakfast begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday at West Forsyth High School. For more information, call (770) 887-6461 or visit

As the new year approaches, it’s time for area business leaders and students to hear from local lawmakers as they prepare for the upcoming legislative session.

Organized by the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, this year’s annual pre-legislative breakfast will be held Wednesday at West Forsyth High School.

Culinary arts students will cater the event and members of the school’s student government will read questions to elected officials.

“We’re trying to involve students in the process and keep it interesting,” said James McCoy, chamber president and CEO. “But the content is typically much more business focused.”

Each member of Forsyth County’s five-man delegation, all of whom are Republicans, will have a chance to talk about his priorities and goals for the legislative session, which begins Jan. 10.

The chamber holds two legislative events each year, one before and another after the General Assembly. The gatherings have been held at a local school since winter 2009.

McCoy said U.S. Rep. Tom Graves has also been invited to this year’s event.

“Having students and certainly a potential congressman involved just changes up the potential dynamic of the conversation a little bit and allows us to get a new perspective,” McCoy said. “It also allows the legislators a different perspective as well.”

In addition to Graves, District 27 state Sen. Jack Murphy and state Rep. Mark Hamilton, both of Cumming, and District 51 state Sen.-elect Steve Gooch and District 9 state Rep. Amos Amerson, both of of Dahlonega, are expected to attend.

Gooch and Amerson’s districts include part of Forsyth.

It will be the first event for District 24 state Rep.-elect Mike Dudgeon of south Forsyth.

Dudgeon, who currently serves on the local school board, will take over in January for Tom Knox, who vacated his seat in an unsuccessful bid for state insurance and safety fire commissioner.

Dudgeon said he enjoys public speaking and is looking forward to attending the legislative breakfast as a participant instead of a spectator.

“I’ll be talking about some of my passions like education, which is obviously very relevant to the forum [since] we’re going to be at West Forsyth High School,” he said.

“I’m pretty good about answering questions on the fly and I’m not afraid to say ‘I don’t know’ either.”