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Forsyth County GOP to host Trey Gowdy on Saturday
Justin Hawkins
Justin Hawkins, chairman of the Forsyth County Republican Party

The Forsyth County Republican Party will host some big names this weekend for what organizers are hoping will become an annual event.

On Saturday, the party will host the inaugural FoCo Stump Stop from 6-8 p.m. at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference, featuring addresses from gubernatorial candidates Michael Williams, of Forsyth County’s District 27, and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, District 7 Rep. Rob Woodall and South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy.

If you go

What: The inaugural FoCo Stump Stop

When: Saturday 6-8 p.m.

Where: The Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard

Speakers: South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, District 7 Rep. Rob Woodall, gubernatorial candidates Michael Williams and Casey Cagle

“We in Forsyth are creating a fresh innovative model of what it means to be a local Republican party. We are raising national resources, energizing and mobilizing community activists, business and corporate leaders and deploying our capital in the most effective way,” said Justin Hawkins, chair of the local party.

Gowdy rose to prominence in the Republican Party by being a key figure in the Benghazi hearings of Hillary Clinton. Hawkins said he hopes the event will charge local voters for future elections.

“Congressman Trey Gowdy and Rob Woodall are preparing to show the country how strong the 7th District and Forsyth County is in terms of pushing the conservative Trump agenda,” Hawkins said. “Our people are tired of rhetoric and empty promises; they want results. We as a party are a vehicle to make that happen.”

Hawkins said the event should also help with party finances after the 2016 election and that he wants to do so in a unique way.

“Our local party exhausted most of our resources in 2016 to ensure Forsyth went dark maroon for Trump,” he said. “We succeeded. However, we were approaching being in the red financially. Therefore, we created a mission statement of becoming the most powerful county party measured by money, members and energy.

“We wanted to utilize our new resources to create the most memorable event in Georgia in 2018.”

Tickets are $100-$500, and food and music will be available at the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to