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Town hall meeting Monday night at West Forsyth High School
Session second of month organized by state lawmakers
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If you go

* What: Town hall meeting with District 27 state Sen. Michael Williams and District 24 state Rep. Sheri Gilligan

* When: 7 p.m. Monday

* Where: West Forsyth High School cafeteria, 4155 Drew Road

WEST FORSYTH — Two Republican state lawmakers who represent much of Forsyth County are holding a town hall meeting Monday night.

Set for 7 p.m. in the cafeteria of West Forsyth High School, the session organized by District 27 state Sen. Michael Williams and District 24 Rep. Sheri Gilligan is open to the public.

“It’s just an invitation for the citizens of Forsyth County to come out, share their thoughts and feelings that they have about issues going on in our county, our state and our nation,” Williams said. “It’s an opportunity for our citizens to be heard and for us to listen to them.”

Williams said he anticipates several local issues, including cityhood movements and changes to the makeup of the county commission, will surface.

“There are a lot of people who are very unhappy with the direction our county is going and we want to talk about that and some of our zoning issues and what we can do to help,” he said.

“Also the [proposed] city of Sharon Springs has been a big issue and there’s been an announcement by the Bethelview Alliance that they want to incorporate [an area of west Forsyth].

“The board of commissioners makeup, if we’re going to move forward with six commissioners or any other ideas out there, I’m sure countywide voting will come up.”

Gilligan, who earlier that day will begin her first session of the Georgia General Assembly, said state issues likely also will be discussed. Gilligan won a special election this summer to fill the remaining term of longtime lawmaker Mark Hamilton, who resigned to pursue a business opportunity in Tennessee.

“But I expect that there will be a lot of educators and teachers who want to know what is going on with the merit pay discussion,” she said.

“I’m sure that there are a lot of people who want to know what’s going to happen with the religious freedom bill, with casino gambling, with marijuana, just a whole lot of things going on.