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GOP to hold three candidate debates this week
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All three debates will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the commission meeting room of the Forsyth County administrative building, 110 East Main Street in Cumming. For more information, visit
With just a few weeks left until the July 20 primary, the Forsyth County Republican Party is holding a debate series to give Forsyth voters an in-depth look at how candidates would handle pressing issues.

“The questions have been designed to be candidate neutral, but issue oriented,” said Ethan Underwood, party chairman. “None of the questions have been publicized, so the candidates are not aware of the questions that will be asked.”

The first debate will be held Monday, featuring all six District 1 and District 3 Republican commission candidates. The moderator for the debate is Georgia GOP Chairwoman Sue Everhart.

District 24 state House candidates Mike Dudgeon, Anna McManus and Douglas Wright are all slated to debate Tuesday. While District 23 state Rep. Mark Hamilton and District 27 state Sen. Jack Murphy are running unopposed, Underwood said they will both have a chance to talk about their priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

Local school board members will debate Wednesday. However, District 1 incumbent Ann Crow will not face direct opposition in the debate since Brian Sorrell, the only other candidate running, will be out of town on business, Underwood said.

“All other candidates in the contested races we expect to be there,” he said.

Underwood said all three events will be presented debate-style, giving each candidate a chance to respond to a question. There will be some back-and-forth responses, giving each candidate a chance to speak twice on each question, he said.

“We are electing the face of the Republican Party for each of these races, so it’s important that folks learn, one, what the candidates stand for and two, that … their views are compatible with the Republican Party platform,” Underwood said.