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United Tea Party of Georgia hears from GOP delegates in Cumming
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CUMMING — The United Tea Party of Georgia, meeting Monday night in Cumming, heard from two Republicans who will represent one of Forsyth County’s congressional districts at this summer’s GOP national convention in Cleveland.

B.J. Van Gundy, former vice chair of the Georgia, and David Hancock, a leader of the United Tea Party of Georgia, will represent the state’s 7th Congressional District at the gathering in July. They will be joined by Carolyn Hall Fisher, a member of the local GOP.

District 7 includes Cumming and south Forsyth. North Forsyth is in the 9thDistrict.

Van Gundy explained that two of the delegate’s votes would go toward Donald Trump, who won the district in the presidential preference primary, and one for Marco Rubio, who came in second.

“David is bound to Trump going to the national convention,” he said. “I’m bound to Rubio, because the 7th District Congressional District had two Trump [delegates] and one Rubio delegate, and I was with the Rubio campaign as a state director. So they kept me on with Rubio, and the rest are Trump delegates.”

There was some controversy at the District 7 convention, where delegates were selected, with Trump supporters concerned that supporters of Ted Cruz could have cast their second ballot for him in the case of a brokered convention.

Instead, Cruz has since suspended his campaign and Trump is the party’s presumptive nominee.

Van Gundy said that some were worried that representing the district voting for another candidate would have been against the process, but that if delegates were required to vote the same, the result wouldn’t change.

Party member Trilby Leech, who asked several questions during the meeting at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9143,  said she enjoyed the discussion. She did, however, feel that some of the information could be overwhelming to newcomers.

“I thought he was interesting,” she said. “I thought he was somewhat scattered, but I felt it was interesting. I thought more questions should be asked.”