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GOP fashion show is set for Sunday
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Forsyth County News

The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Stein Mart, 530 Lakeland Plaza in Cumming. Tickets are $8, available at the door or in advance by calling Julie Tressler at (678) 358-8084.
Candidates who want to look their best on the campaign trail will make a stop Sunday in Forsyth County.

Several office-seekers will model various spring ensembles during the Republican Women of Forsyth County fashion show at Stein Mart in Cumming.

About a dozen candidates are expected to either model clothing or just meet and greet attendees.

“We’ll have everything from local school board members clear up to the 9th Congressional District,” said Julie Tressler, event coordinator. “It’s a way for them to reach out to voters in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Tressler participated in the group’s first fashion show when she ran for county commission in 2008. Having participated as a candidate, she said the show is “a lot more fun than a debate.”

“It’s a lot of fun and voters get to see them in a more personal setting,” she said.

District 23 state Rep. Mark Hamilton, R-Cumming, is one of the participants. Though he has no campaign opposition, Hamilton said taking part in the show is a way to give back to the party.

“As much hard work and great support that the Republican Women provide to all Republican candidates in Forsyth County, it is an honor to offer support for their event,” he said.

“Many people and some candidates don’t fully understand how important they are to our Republican efforts and I am glad to be in a position to assist them.”

The store will be closed to the public during the event. But that won’t prevent attendees from shopping, Tressler said. In fact, they will receive a 20 percent discount on all purchases made during the event.

“Stein Mart has just been really nice to work with,” she said. “It’s a great location and they have great merchandise. They’re always eager to support the community.”