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Forsyth Solicitor-General: 'Significant Fundraising Advantage Over Opponent'

Donna Gopaul says she's raised more money from mostly local Cumming and Forsyth County residents.

Donna Gopaul. Credit: gopaulworks.org
Donna Gopaul. Credit: gopaulworks.org

Editor's Note: The following is a press release issued by the Donna Gopaul for Solicitor-General campaign.

Today, Donna Gopaul, candidate for Forsyth County Solicitor-General, announced that she has achieved a significant fundraising advantage over her opponent in the race.

According to reports filed with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission this week, Gopaul received more than $23,150 in net contributions, dwarfing the $5,756.20 raised by her opponent.

Moreover, the reports show that Gopaul received numerous contributions from local donors, underscoring the widespread support for her campaign in the community. By contrast, her opponent reported only one itemized contribution from a local Cumming resident.

“Nearly 60 percent of contributions received by my opponent were from international and out-of-state interests,” said Gopaul. “While my opponent has focused her campaign on earning the support of donors in other states and outside the U.S., I am working to earn the support of local taxpayers,” continued Gopaul.

"I believe our conservative, common-sense message is helping voters realize just how important the Forsyth County Solicitor-General's Office is to our community's continued success," said Gopaul.

As Solicitor-General, Gopaul has eliminated $200,000 in unnecessary spending, reduced government bureaucracy and fought to prosecute more than 2,500 cases.

"I am energized by the fact that our campaign continues to be focused on earning and demonstrating grassroots support," said Gopaul.

To learn more about Solicitor-General Donna Gopaul’s campaign, please visit www.DonnaGopaul.com.

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JJ May 11, 2014 at 09:31 PM
Also, the ugly pictures that your fellow supporters have been posting on other sites are borderline racist. I wonder what the AJC, WSBTV or 11Alive would think of Susan Zereini's tactics? You guys have taken this way too far.
sara grainger May 11, 2014 at 09:51 PM
As Susan Zereini's supervising courtroom attorney in Cherokee County, I highly recommend her. I was not her boss, but her team leader. She is one of the most dedicated, hardworking, trustworthy, resourceful attorneys that I have ever worked with. Her former boss cannot comment because he is an elected official. Pickens County is and was going through a time of transition. I cannot say enough good things about Susan as a prosecutor and as a person.
JJ May 11, 2014 at 10:31 PM
And yet she left after a year? Sara, you are well known and respected, but you should see some of the postings that Susan Zereini's people have been putting up. One has a very wild-haired, wide eyed picture of Cynthia McKinney and a picture of Donna Gopaul next to her. This was clearly meant to play the race card in Forsyth County. A race-baiting campaign and Bill Johnson was gleeful about it instead of repudiating it. Forsyth County was doing quite well and we don't need the unnecessary attention brought on by your former colleague. It was gratuitous and completely unnecessary and that is what has so many voters so ticked off. Susan's campaign manager has attached himself to a very vocal fringe minority and they have taken a very nasty tone. Donna's campaign has taken the high road but some of us feel that this has gone too far.
RELENTLESS May 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM
JJ; I posted the photo of Cynthia McKinney to emphasize the political leanings of Gopaul, and race never even entered my mind. But race, by your own admission, entered your mind by virtue of your comments. Your comment-"This was clearly meant to play the race card in Forsyth County." is inflammatory and libelous. You cannot tell people what I am thinking when I post a picture, no more than I can predict your thoughts. My thoughts were in no way racist, but you are now on record as twisting this into "race-baiting" by your own words. Your stupid comments above make me mad as hell, and I demand an apology. Do you want me to begin commenting here and elsewhere what your thoughts are when you post things. Just like you, it is an easy thing to do. Apologize now. I am very capable of defending my character.
Aww Now May 15, 2014 at 09:11 AM
Since when did the "high road" mean ducking out on scheduled debates where the incumbent would have to answer questions about the lack of experience and these issues that everyday voters care about. JJ, I believe that's called going into hiding, not taking the high road. I will be so glad when this is over and Forsyth County has a Solicitior that lines up with their philosophy of life and doesn't hide secrets. Voting Zereini is the best choice!

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