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Posted: March 15, 2014 10:30 p.m.

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The News, conservative group host local forum

10th Congressional candidates to attend

With U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Athens, deciding to seek Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat, a crowded field of Republicans is lining up to take his 10th district seat, which represents the eastern half of Newton County.

The Covington News and Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance are teaming up for another forum, this time for the 10th district seat, at 7 p.m., Friday at Peachtree Academy’s Covington location, 14101 U.S. Highway 278.

Out of the seven Republicans seeking the seat – there’s only one Democratic candidate, Ken Dious, so the Democratic primary is uncontested – five of them have committed to attend Friday’s forum, including Mike Collins, Gary Gerrard, Jody Hice, Stephen Simpson and Mitchell Swan.

Peachtree Academy is allowing free use of its facilities for the forum.

The forum will be moderated by Greg Williams, a prominent Republican

activist and radio host – he’s also running for the District 42 state senate seat in Atlanta – Jason Pye, a contributor to Peach Pundit and editor-in-chief of the libertarian blog United Liberty, and a representative from The Covington News.

The News and Liberty Alliance previously held a forum March 7 for the District 112 state representative district.

The Republican candidates who have not confirmed they are attending are Donna Sheldon and Brian Slowinski.

The 10th congressional district contains 25 counties, ranging east to west from McDonough to just west of Augusta and north to south from Athens to just north of Swainsboro. The district, which is seen as heavy conservative district, contains most of Athens, Winder, Watkinsville, Monroe, Social Circle, Madison, Greensboro, part of McDonough, Jackson, Monticello, Eatonton, Washington, Lincolnton, Thomson and Louisville.

Among the attendees, Collins owns his own trucking company; Gerrard is an attorney; Hice is a pastor and 2010 candidate for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District (before redistricting); Simpson is a businessman and retired Army officer; and Swan is a colonel in the United States Marine Corps reserves.

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