This weekend, voters will have a chance to hear from Republican candidates for some of the state’s highest office and get a little grub too.
On Sunday from 3-8 p.m., members of the Forsyth County Republican Party will host their annual Independence Day Grilling at McDonald and Son Funeral Home at 150 Sawnee Drive. The event will feature candidates for several races in the July 24 runoff.
“This actually is one of those chances where you can really interact with the runoff candidates,” said Joel Natt, event chair for the party. “This isn’t one of those stump speech events or debate when you can’t really have a minute or two to ask a candidate a direct question.”
Candidates for the following races will be in attendance on Sunday.
· Governor: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp
· Lieutenant Governor: District 48 state Sen. David Shafer and former District 26 state Rep. Geoff Duncan.
· Secretary of State: District 50 state Rep. Brad Raffensperger and former Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle.
District 7 U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall and other elected officials representing the county and state will also be in attendance.
Natt said the cookouts are a tradition going back more than a decade.
“It used to be the party would do it and build their float [for the city of Cumming’s parade,]” Natt said. “But, it’s grown over the years to be more of a community get-together summer event.”
Attendees will also have the chance to vote for their preferred candidate in a straw poll.
“The elections start [Monday,] July 2,” Natt said. “So, this will be the last straw poll that the public can participate in that will be prior to a single in-person vote being cast.”
Natt said on average there are between 100-200 attendees and about 50 had pre-registered as of Tuesday.
The event is free for all party members who have paid annual dues and $10 for all others. Registration for the event and more information is available at ForsythGOP.org.