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JCHS Hosting Voter Info Night & Forum

Local candidates will square off; proposed charter school amendment will be debated.

The public is invited to hear candidates and issues in this year's elections when Johns Creek High School hosts its third annual Voter Information Night and Candidate Forum this Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium.

Republican State Sen. John Albers, Democrat Congressional Candidate Jeff Kazanow, House District 50 (Johns Creek) Rep. Lynne Riley, and Democrat State Senate Candidate Akhtar Sadiq are just some of the notables that have been invited to participate and share their views on local and state governance.

HR 1162, the proposed Constitutional Amendment concerning authority to create Charter Schools, will be dissected and debated by stakeholders on both sides of the issue. State Rep. Mike Dudgeon, PTA Consultant and Education Policy Specialist Sally Fitzgerald, North Fulton PTA Legislation VP Diane Jacobi, Mark Peevy, partner at Ed Innovation Partners LLC, and BJ Van Gundy, partner at e2 Assure LLC are among those who will face off in a lively discussion moderated by Hatcher Hurd, Managing Editor of the Johns Creek Herald and theAlpharetta/Roswell Revue & News.

The event, sponsored by the Johns Creek High School PTSA, will begin and end with informal meet and greets from 6:30 to 7 p.m. and again from 9 to 9:30 in the auditorium lobby.

Reps from the Obama and Romney campaigns, state and local campaign agents, and various advocacy groups will fill tables with literature, yard signs and bumper stickers for the taking.

“Our goal is to inform citizens on the issues in as balanced a way as possible,” said Sharyl Dawes, Johns Creek HS PTSA Co-President. “We don’t seek to sway people’s opinions. Instead, voters can decide who ’won’ the various debates when casting their ballots on Nov. 6.”

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