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Forsyth County GOP to host state candidates on Monday

Before the county celebrates Independence Day, a local political party is bringing several candidates running for state office to Forsyth County.

On Monday from 4-7 p.m. at the community room of McDonald and Son Funeral Home, the Forsyth County Republican Party will host several candidates for Georgia’ next governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and others.

If you go

  • What: Forsyth County GOP hosts state candidates
  • When: Monday, July 3, 4-7 p.m.
  • Where: McDonald and Son Funeral Home, 150 Sawnee Dr.
The following candidates are expected to attend the Forsyth County Republican Party’s event on Monday:

  • U.S. Congress: Rob Woodall
  • Governor: Casey Cagle, Brian Kemp and Michael Williams
  • Lieutenant Governor: David Shafer and Geoff Duncan 
  • Secretary of State: Brad Raffensperger and Buzz Brockway
  • Other candidates: Attorney General Chris Carr, District 27 state Sen. candidate Greg Dolezal and District 26 state Rep. candidate Marc Morris

“The Forsyth County Republican Party is ready to energize the grassroots, so we’re having our second annual July 3 grilling,” said Justin Hawkins, chair of the party. “It’s going to be kind of a huge event. We’re expecting over 100 people to show up.”

Hawkins said the event is a rare chance for local voters to meet several candidates for the offices. Attendees will also be able to take part in a straw poll.

“Forsyth County is really, I believe, the most important county in a Republican primary because No. 1, we’re the most conservative in the state,” he said. “No. 2, one of the most populated, and we have, I believe, one of the greatest organizations. Forsyth is really on the map about all sort of statewide congressional and local candidates making sure they come by.”

The event will also feature grilled hamburgers and hot dogs donated by area businesses. 

Governor candidates Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp and District 27 state Sen. Michael Williams, who represents all of Forsyth County except a small corner of northeast Forsyth, will be on hand at the meeting. 

For the lieutenant governor’s race, District 48 state Sen. David Schafer, of Duluth, and District 26 state Rep. Geoff Duncan, who represents west and northwest Forsyth, area expected to be there.

Secretary of state candidates attending are District 50 state Sen. Brad Raffensperger, of Johns Creek, and District 102 state Rep. Buzz Brockway, Lawrenceville. 

District 7 Rep. Rob Woodall, whose district contains the southern half of Forsyth County, and Attorney General Chris Carr, who was sworn in on Oct. 1, will be present and are running for re-election of their respective seats.

Also present will be two local candidates hoping to replace Williams and Duncan. Greg Dolezal, a local businessman who serves on a number of Forsyth County boards, is running for Williams’ District 27 state Senate seat, and businessman Marc Morris is running to fill Duncan’s seat.

The local party will have another big guest on Aug. 19, as South Carolina U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, who was chair of the committee to investigate the 2012 Benghazi Attack, will speak at a yet to be determined location.