(Forsyth County, GA) With the General Primary and Nonpartisan Election less than a month away and early voting set to begin next week, the Forsyth County Republican Party is working to get its candidates in front of the public.
Tonight, the group will host a debate for the primary race for the State House District 28 representative. Tomorrow, April 28, the two candidates in the primary race for County Commissioner District 1 will debate. The final debate before the election will be held next week, on Tuesday, May 3, between candidates for State House District 100.
State House District 28 Candidates
Republican Party: Brent Cox Occupation: Business owner
Republican Party: Donald Lannom Occupation: Consultant
Republican Party: John Luchetti Occupation: Business owner
Republican Party: Blake McClellan Occupation: Entrepreneur
Republican Party: Tim Short Occupation: Pharmacist
Republican Party: Julie Tressler Occupation: Real Estate Sales
*Democratic Party: Claudia Wood Occupation: Education Director
*not participating in the GOP debate
County Commissioner District 1 Candidates
Republican Party: Kerry Hill Occupation: IT
Republican Party: Tim Huffine Occupation: Retired
Democratic Party: none
State House District 100 Candidates
Republican Party: David Clark Occupation: Small business owner
Republican Party: Bonnie Rich Occupation: Attorney
*Democratic Party: Louisa Shell Jackson Occupation: Benefits manager
*not participating in the GOP debate
How to watch the debates
You can watch the debates in person. Doors open at 6 p.m. at each location and the debates begin at 6:30 p.m.
- State House District 28 - 4/27/2022 - Forsyth County Administration Building (110 E Main Street in Cumming)
- County Commissioner District 1 - 4/28/2022 - Forsyth County Republican Party Headquarters (540 Lake Center Pkwy, Suite 3 in Cumming)
- State House District 100 - 5/3/2022 - Forsyth County Republican Party Headquarters (540 Lake Center Pkwy, Suite 3 in Cumming)
- The debates will also be streamed live on the Forsyth GOP Facebook page
Getting in front of the public
Forsyth County Republican Party Chairman Jerry Marinich said the recent debates for the Board of Education and the State House District 24 both ran smoothly. The BOE candidates answered 57 questions from the public.
“The reason we do this is to help the public to give them more insight into the candidates and their positions,” Marinich said. “It’s fortunate that we have in all of the races a good candidate in the running. It’s going to be a hard choice for the constituents to choose the one that they feel is the best one for them.”
The Forsyth County Georgia Democrats is hosting a meet and greet tonight, April 27, with the candidates running for the open BOE seats: Anna Kregoski (District 1) and Elaine Padgett (District 5). The event will be held at 501 Dahlonega Street in Cumming.
The Democratic group has also organized a sign waving event tomorrow at 8 a.m. outside the Forsyth County Arts and Learning Center, 1150 Dahlonega Hwy in Cumming, where Governor Brian Kemp will sign several controversial education bills into law.
Melissa Clink, the chair of the Forsyth County Democratic Party and 6th Congressional District, said the organization is also working to get more Democrats on future ballots to represent Forsyth County.
“We realize each and every seat is a challenge and we welcome the opportunity to show Forsythians that our candidates are ready to work for and with the people they wish to serve,” Clink said. “We will continue to work to connect our candidates with the public so that they can make their own informed decisions on who should represent them.”
Advance voting and election day
Advance voting begins Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 20 at the Elections Office on Sawnee Drive in Cumming. From Monday, March 9 through Friday, May 20, voters can head to three additional locations at the Hampton Park Library and the community buildings at Sharon Springs Park and Midway Park. Election day is Tuesday, May 24. Polls are open from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. and voters must vote at their designated polling place.
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