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DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATOR SPEAKS AT UGA LAW SCHOOL

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Monday, October 12, 1998

WRITER: Kathy Pharr, (706) 542-5172

CONTACT: Michael Sullivan, Student Bar Association President

MEDIA ADVISORY: DATE CHANGE!

DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR U.S. SENATOR SPEAKS AT UGA LAW SCHOOL

ATHENS, Ga. - Michael Coles, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from Georgia, will speak at the University of Georgia School of Law on Tuesday, October 13 at 12:30 p.m. in Room K (Dean Rusk Hall). Please note: This is a change of date from an earlier press release, which, in error, reported the date as Thursday, October 15. Coles' remarks are open to the media and public and will be followed by a reception.

Coles, the founder of the Great American Cookie Company, first ran for political office in 1996 in an effort to unseat U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich in Georgia's Sixth Congressional District. He announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, against incumbent Republican Paul Coverdell, in September 1997. Coverdell is scheduled to speak at the law school Thursday, October 22, at 4 p.m. (a time change) in Room K.

Coles currently serves as the chairman of the Foundation of Kennesaw State University, where in 1994 he and his wife, Donna, endowed the Michael Coles College of Business. He serves on the boards of directors of the Conference for Community and Justice, the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers, Georgia Public Television, the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce, and is past chairman and current vice chairman of the board of The Walker School. In addition, he is active in a variety of other civic and charitable organizations, including The Heart Association, which gave him its Community Service Award in 1996; The Open Gate; and Scottish Rite Children's Medical Center. In 1995, the Georgia Chapter of the National Society of Fund Raising Executives honored the Coles as the Georgia Philanthropists of the Year.

Coles is the fourth candidate to stump at the law school this fall. The Student Bar Association (SBA) extended invitations to the Democratic and Republican candidates for Georgia governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and U.S. senator. Previous visits were made by the candidates for attorney general: David Ralston (R) and Thurbert Baker (D-incumbent); and by the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, Mitch Skandalakis.

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