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Local GOP to welcome governor Saturday
Deal to address monthly meeting
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Forsyth County News

If you go

* What: Forsyth County Republican Party meeting

* When: 9 a.m. Saturday

* Where: VFW Post in Cumming, 1045 Dahlonega Hwy.

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will visit the Forsyth County Republican Party on Saturday.

The local party has been in touch with Deal’s office for months, hoping to have the first-term Republican governor speak to the group, said Chairman Brad Wilkins.

“He’s free to talk about whatever he’d like to talk about,” Wilkins said. “I hope he’s going to talk about the economy, and I would hope that he’ll give us some updates on his candidacy because we do have a governor’s race coming up in 2014.”

A question-and-answer session will follow as time permits.

As with all local GOP meetings, the event is open to the public. The meeting is set for 9 a.m. at the VFW Post, 1045 Dahlonega Hwy.

Wilkins expects a large turnout, adding that the venue can seat about 200 people.

Each month, the party brings in guest speakers, and this meeting will actually have two, both Deal and U.S. Senate hopeful Eugene Yu.

“One of the things that we try to do on an ongoing basis is to bring Republican leaders from across the state and candidates,” Wilkins said. “We’ve already had almost all of the Senatorial candidates come to visit us during 2013.”

Republicans and candidates may choose to come speak in Forsyth County because of the consistent conservative base, Wilkins said.

“Forsyth County puts up a very large percentage of Republican voters. We’re proud of that fact,” he said. “It’s in everybody’s best interest to come to Forsyth County and get to know our voters.”