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State lawmaker to hold town hall session Thursday night at Lambert

If you go

* What: Town hall meeting with District 25 state Rep. Mike Dudgeon

* When: 7 p.m. Thursday

* Where: Lambert High School cafeteria, 805 Nichols Road

SOUTH FORSYTH — A local lawmaker is encouraging residents to bring up topics of interest and concern at his final town hall meeting ahead of the upcoming legislative session.

State Rep. Mike Dudgeon, who represents District 25 in south Forsyth, is holding the open meeting in the Lambert High School cafeteria at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Any topics are welcome, Dudgeon said, though “big” ones include the proposed city of Sharon Springs, the structure of the county’s governing body, education reform, casino gambling, fireworks and teacher pay.

The Georgia General Assembly convenes on Jan. 11.

It will be Dudgeon’s sixth legislative session, for which he serves as vice chair of the Education Committee and secretary of the Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications Committee. He is also on the Appropriations, Science and Technology Committee and the Small Business Committee.

Aside from state Sen. Steve Gooch, whose District 51 covers the extreme northeast corner of Forsyth, Dudgeon is the longest serving member of the local seven-member delegation, all of whom are Republicans.

Prior to taking office in 2011, he served on the Forsyth County Board of Education from 2007-10.