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Gubernatorial forum planned for Saturday
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The State of Georgia Tea Party event is set for 9 a.m. to about noon Saturday at the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, 212 Kelly Mill Road. For more information, go online at
The State of Georgia Tea Party is holding a gubernatorial forum Saturday morning at the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce.

Organization owner Bill Evelyn said it’s a “gubernatorial debate, which is specifically designed for the tea parties to attend from all of north Georgia.”

Republicans Jeff Chapman and Ray McBerry, as well as Libertarian John Monds, have confirmed they will attend the event, Evelyn said.

But he’s not sure about the status of Nathan Deal, Karen Handel, Eric Johnson or John Oxendine.

The seven Democratic candidates in the July 20 primary were not invited to the forum, which will begin at 9 a.m.

All candidates have been sent a list of a dozen questions that will be asked, Evelyn said.

The questions, he said, are “tailored towards how they will defend and protect the citizens of the state of Georgia against overreaching federal government and other things that affect people in the state.”

Leaders from various Tea Party organizations across north Georgia will pick one of the questions to ask each candidate.

Each candidate will respond to a question, their opponents will have a chance for a rebuttal and the original candidate will have one last chance to comment.

About 75 to 100 people typically attend the local Forsyth County Tea Party meetings at the same venue. But with invites being sent out across many counties, the event could be moved outside to accommodate the crowd.

Just in case, Evelyn said he would bring a bullhorn and candidates could “stump like they did years ago.”

“I think that will actually make it more interesting,” he said.