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April 7, 2014

Pennington accepts forum invitation

— As of press time Monday, just one of the four candidates who qualified to run for governor in the May 20 primaries was confirmed as planning to attend an April 22 League of Women Voters forum in Dalton.

Former Dalton mayor David Pennington, a Republican, said Monday afternoon he will attend the forum at the trade center.

“I told them weeks ago that I would be there if they have one,” Pennington said.

Joel Thornton, campaign manager for state schools Superintendent John Barge, said Barge, also a Republican, will not be at the forum.

“Unfortunately, he will not be able to be there. He is speaking to PAGE (the Professional Association of Georgia Educators). That’s something he committed to over a year ago, and it will be at the same time as the forum in Dalton,” Thornton said last week.

Pennington and Barge face Gov. Nathan Deal in the May 20 Republican primary.

Deal’s campaign did not immediately respond to an email message Monday afternoon about his plans. Nor did the campaign of Jason Carter, the only Democrat who qualified. Carter, an attorney who lives in Decatur, represents District 42 in the state Senate. He is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter.

The League of Women Voters of Georgia and the League of Women Voters of the Dalton Area are organizing the forum for candidates for governor and U.S. Senate. They had set Monday as the deadline for candidates to respond to their invitation. League officials said Monday afternoon they were going to meet to discuss the responses to their invitations later that evening.

The forum is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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