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GOP breakfast is Saturday
Groups welcome attorney general
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Forsyth County News

Georgia’s chief attorney will be the guest speaker at a breakfast Saturday morning organized by several local Republican groups.

Attorney General Sam Olens will address a joint event of the Forsyth County Republican Party, the Republican Women of Forsyth County and the Forsyth County Young Republicans.

The meeting begins at 8 a.m. in the Cumming Playhouse. Food will be served at Tam’s Backstage, downstairs from the theater.

The three groups recently decided to collaborate on bringing speakers into the county, said Ethan Underwood, chairman of the local Republican Party.

“We wanted to try to have Saturday meetings so that we could make it more available for folks and that has been the case,” he said. “We’ve actually had crowds that are much larger than we were having.

“We found also that we were often competing for similar speakers, so we thought this way we could all try to work together … to create a bigger forum.”

Olens made local news earlier this week when he filed a lawsuit in Forsyth County Superior Court against Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt.

In the suit, he contends Gravitt violated the state’s recently revised Open Meetings Act three times during an April 17 city council meeting.

Olens has asked the court to impose a $1,000 fine for the first violation and $2,500 each for the second and third. He also asks the court to award attorney’s fees and other litigation costs.

In addition to Olens, Saturday’s meeting will also feature remarks from Forsyth County Commissioners Jim Boff and Brian Tam.

The commissioners, both of whom face opposition in the upcoming July 31 Republican primary, will talk about their goals and priorities if re-elected.

Dennis Brown and Samuel Padis have qualified to run against Tam. Boff, who is chairman of the commission, is being challenged by John Derucki.

The commission candidates, along with others, will have a chance to speak during the upcoming Republican debates presented by the three groups.

The series will span several days in June on the following schedule:

• June 18 — Unopposed candidates, including those for county school board, clerk of court and tax commissioner

• June 19 — County commission

• June 20 — Sheriff and coroner

• June 25 — U.S. House Districts 7 and 9

• June 27 — Contested state House and Senate races (unopposed incumbents also will have a chance to speak)

All the debates will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Forsyth County Administration Building’s commissioners’ meeting room.

For uncontested races, Underwood said, the gatherings are “not going to be a debate, but more of a meet and greet to address the crowd and let them know what they’ve done in office.”