BRACK: Already three Democratic challengers to Rep. Woodall in 7th District

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher |  Look for a wide-open Seventh District (mostly Gwinnett) Congressional race next year.

If you got cranky because of all the television political advertising over the Sixth District Congressional race, it may be only a precursor of what we’ll see here in our Seventh District race next year.

After all, Rep. Rob Woodall, who currently represents the Seventh District, which covers a majority of Gwinnett and about half of Forsyth County, already has two Democratic candidates, with another announcing soon. He might even face a Republican challenger in the next primary.

Recently David Kim of Duluth announced his candidacy in the Democratic primary for the Seventh District slot, and just last night, Kathleen Allen of Norcross kicked off her campaign for the same office. GwinnettForum has learned that Attorney Steve Reilly of Lawrenceville will announce his candidacy this week. He ran as a Democrat against Woodall previously.

Throw in this entire area becoming more diverse every day, and add to it the closeness of some of the 2016 Gwinnett races, it could be the year that we see some posts go to Democrats instead of Republicans. The General Election for 2018 will surely become more competitive.

With Georgians getting a taste of blanket political coverage prior to the Sixth District race, and with all the House engaged in the 2018 election, watch out!

ONE MORE ITEM about the Sixth District: a report in The New York Times this week listed that district as the sixth most educated Congressional district in the United States. The Sixth District is also one of two Republican Districts in the nation among the top 10 educated districts, with 56 percent of its residents having college degrees. The Times reported that throughout the United States, there are only 15 districts where at least half the adults have a college degree.

All the highly-educated districts, of course, are in urban areas. The district with the most residents having degrees is New York’s 12th, with 69 percent college grads. That District is around the Empire State Building, Times Square…..and Trump Tower.

Other highly-educated districts are Beverly Hills 90201 including UCLA; around Stanford University; The Pentagon; Wall Street; Washington state with Amazon and Starbucks; the San Francisco district of Nancy Pelosi; Harvard; U.C. San Diego; The Silicon Valley where Apple is located; the Virginia District where the CIA is headquartered; Maryland with the National Institute of Health; Virginia ‘s 11th with Freddie Mac; and Illinois around Wrigley Field. The only other Republican District in the top 10 is Virginia 10th (CIA).

WOW! DID IT RAIN! Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, don’t know about your area, but at our house in Norcross, we had a gully washer of a rain. Our rain gauge measured 3.8 inches in this intensive downpour in about an hour. We do not complain. What we’ve had lately is far better than little rain!

CECIL GOBER, former Gwinnett School Board chairman of Sugar Hill, died this week after an extended illness. He served for 24 years as a progressive member of the School Board. He was a former General Motors employee, and considered himself a farmer, too. He was a good man. May he rest in peace.