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Senate candidates to debate tonight
Official: Come early because parking scarce

If you’re going

* What: Forsyth County Republican Party Georgia State Senate Runoff Debate

* When: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday

* Where: Forsyth County Administration Building, 100 East Main St.

FORSYTH COUNTY — The two candidates in the July 22 Republican primary runoff for the state Senate District 22 post are scheduled to debate Monday night.

The event, which is open to public, is being presented by the Forsyth County Republican Party and fill feature incumbent Jack Murphy and challenger Michael Williams.

It’s scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Monday in the Forsyth County Administration Building, 100 East Main St.

Brad Wilkins, chairman of the local party, said both candidates have confirmed their attendance for the event, which likely will feature a moderator from outside the county.

“We’re in the process of securing someone currently,” said Wilkins, adding that the event will feature a true debate format with each candidate given two minutes to answer the same question.

“We’ll fit in as many questions as we can during the time frame.”

He said the questions will be written by members of the party and will focus on “topics of interest to local Republicans,” such as fiscal responsibility, government limitations and education and traffic.

He’s hoping for a good turnout to the event.

“We wanted to offer this debate for this particular race because we feel this is a very important one for our county,” Wilkins said. “In fact, I had many of our members asking me to hold this debate in particular.”

He asked those planning to attend the debate to take into consideration the current parking limitations in downtown Cumming.

Due to construction of the new county courthouse and detention center, no parking is available adjacent to the administration building.

However, the first of two new parking decks being built for the new facilities has opened on Castleberry Road, about two blocks from the administration building.

Parking is also available in other lots around downtown.

“People just need to plan accordingly as they leave to allow themselves enough time to find parking before the debate begins,” Wilkins said.