Candidate Meet-and-Greet Set for Tonight

The candidates for three state offices have been invited to attend the 6:30 p.m. event in Villa Rica, which is being put on by the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce.

Those who have not yet taken part in early voting have the chance tonight to meet several candidates vying to serve residents in Paulding and several nearby counties.

The Frog Clubhouse of the Georgian in Paulding County will play host to the Paulding County Chamber of Commerce’s candidate 6:30 p.m. meet-and-greet event, which is open to the public. All candidates for three races that impact portions of Paulding County—State Senate District 30 and State House Districts 66 and 67—have been invited to attend.

Senate District 30 covers a southern portion of Paulding County, most of Carroll County and a western portion of Douglas County. Four men will be in the Nov. 6 special election to replace on the ballot Bill Hamrick, the Republican who represented the district and was tapped by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve as superior court judge—Mike Dugan, Bill Hembree, James Naughton and Glenn Richardson.

The winning Republican will move on to face James Camp, a Libertarian, in a Jan. 8 special election to ultimately determine the district’s next senator.

Voters in House District 67 learned last month that Micah Gravley replaced Hembree on the Nov. 6 general election ballot after the latter’s resignation from the State House seat to seek the GOP nomination for the District 30 Senate seat. Gravley is facing Democrat Leigh Mcmutry in the general election. Hembree and Mcmutry were unopposed in the July primary.

The 67th district includes a southeastern portion of Paulding County.

The District 66 race has been set following this summer’s primary elections, though it took a runoff to settle the GOP side of the equation. Bob Snelling ultimately beat out two opponents in the Republican primary to face Kim Alexander, the sole Democrat who sought the District 66 seat.

There is no incumbent in the newly created District 66, which will cover a portion of Paulding County.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. at The Frog Clubhouse of the Georgian, located at 2699 Georgian Parkway, Villa Rica. The public is invited to attend.

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