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The Local Agenda: Chris Christie, Ted Cruz at Georgia GOP convention this weekend
New Jersey governor, Texas senator are 2016 presidential contenders
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The Georgia Republican Party will meet for its biennial state convention this Friday and Saturday at the Classic Center in Athens.

Delegates will elect state party officials and approve party resolutions at the convention.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, will join Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp at a breakfast event at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Athena Ballroom.

And U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a tea party favorite from Texas who has already announced his presidential candidacy, will keynote the Victory Dinner at 7 p.m. Friday.

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The convention begins at 2 p.m. Friday and continues at 10 a.m. Saturday.


County seeks to clarify bidding process

Hall County will host a conference May 20 for vendors interested in bidding on county contracts.

Hall County officials have previously discussed possible changes to the way bids are solicited and contracts are awarded, particularly in regard to purchasing orders.

Officials have said they hope to streamline the process, generate greater interest from local businesses and ensure taxpayers are getting the best service for their dollar.

The conference will introduce potential suppliers and vendors to contracting officers and provide more detailed explanations of bidding procedures and requirements.

The deadline to register is Friday.

The conference begins at 10 a.m. May 20 at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.


County budget hearings next week

Hall County officials will dive deep into budget negotiations next week, with two forums open to the public set for May 18 and 19.

The forums, which give department heads an opportunity to address spending requests directly with the Board of Commissioners, are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the government center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

Hall County officials told The Times they are coming to a consensus on giving employees a cost of living adjustment, merit increase or some other pay hike in the next budget.

The county’s 2016 fiscal year budget must be approved by July 1.


Joshua Silavent covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him: