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District 22 candidate forum set
Four vie to fill Hills vacancy
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Forsyth County News

The Forsyth County Republican Party candidate forum is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the community meeting room at Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way. For more information, visit

The Forsyth County Republican Party will hold a forum Thursday night for candidates vying to fill the District 22 seat in the state House of Representatives.

The Jan. 7 special election is for the post previously held by Calvin Hill, who died Oct. 30 at age 66.

The district includes the southwest corner of Forsyth and parts of Cherokee and Fulton counties. There's about one year remaining in the term.

Though fewer than 11,000 voters in Forsyth County — those living in the Brandywine, Midway and Polo precincts — are eligible to participate, Brad Wilkins thought residents should hear from the four candidates looking to fill the seat.

“We thought this was one thing we could do for Forsyth County to help the voters get to know the candidates a little better,” said Wilkins, local party chairman. “I see this as a public service.”

The forum, which is open to the public, will be a question-answer format, with some questions coming from the audience and others from the party’s executive committee.

All four candidates—Meagan Biello, Nate Cochran, Jeff Duncan and Sam Moore — have committed to attend the event. One lives in Alpharetta and the other four in Ball Ground.

Though the election is non-partisan and there are is no primary, all the candidates label themselves as Republican. Their party affiliation will also appear by their names on the ballot.

Wilkins said the forum is even more timely given how quickly the election process has gone. Qualifying for the race closed Nov. 20, just eight days after the special election date was announced. The rush was to have a candidate in place by the time the legislative session begins Jan. 13.

A runoff election, if necessary, would be held Feb. 4.

“It was such a short time period for this one, between when the election was announced and when the election occurs,” he said. “But those precincts, if they turn out in strong numbers, will have a much more likely chance of impacting the election during the special election than they would during the regular election.

“I’d like to see some good turnout from Forsyth County.”