|Monday, March 5, 2018(Blue Ridge, GA) – Today, House Speaker David Ralston qualified to run for re-election in House District 7. The Republican Primary is May 22, 2018.
“Serving as House District 7’s voice in the Georgia General Assembly is an honor and responsibility I hold dear,” said Ralston. “Representing the best interests of North Georgia remains my number one priority.
“In the State House, we passed comprehensive tax reform that will empower job creators, spur economic growth, and keep more money in the pockets of Georgia taxpayers. Thanks to President Trump and the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, we delivered the largest tax cut in modern, Georgia history.
“To keep District 7 – and our entire state growing – I created the House Rural Development Council to identify the problems facing communities outside of Metro Atlanta and prescribe legislative solutions for growth and prosperity. We have already passed several of the Committee’s recommendations and have a long-term commitment to the success and vitality of rural Georgia.
“While I am proud of what we have accomplished at the State Capitol and throughout District 7, I am seeking re-election to continue fighting for Gilmer, Fannin, and Dawson County families. With the continued support of local voters, we can keep our community strong and our future bright.”
David Ralston is the 73rd Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, a position he has held since 2010. He was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2002, and represents House District 7, which includes Fannin and Gilmer counties and a portion of Dawson County.
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The 2018 election is already starting to take shape as challengers emerge announcing bids for candidacy against well-known incumbents. The most recent of these announcements comes from Margaret Williamson who intends to face off against Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston.
Ralston was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2002 and represents House District 7, which includes Fannin County, Gilmer County and a portion of Dawson County. Ralston is the 73rd Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, a position he has held since 2010.
Williamson, who resides in Ellijay, made a statement discussing her decision to run:
“For many years I have been involved in political campaigns, on local, state, and national levels. I have actively participated in legislative issues, in support of or in opposition to, learning all the way. Now I intend to use this experience and acquired knowledge to enter into the process as a candidate.”
Already having begun the process of running for the House District 7 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives, Williamson acknowledged in her statement that she has mailed the “Declaration to Accept Campaign Contributions” form to the Georgia State Transparency & Campaign Finance Committee.
After approval of this form, Williamson’s next step will be to complete the qualifying process held in March of this year. The qualifying will officially make Williamson a candidate in the Republican Primary for Georgia State House Representative, District 7.
Williamson concluded her statement by announcing that she is in the process of creating a Facebook page which will contain her position on various issues.
“This decision is the culmination of months of debate and prayer. Please continue praying for both John and me,” Williamson said. “This is an exciting time for me.”
A General Primary Election for both Republicans and Democrats will take place on May 22, 2018. Voter registration deadline for the Primary Election is April 23.
Winners of the primaries will face off in the General Election to held on Nov. 6, 2018.
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McCaysville, GA – Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) addressed a large gathering on Tuesday, July 18, at 3:30 p.m. at McCaysville City Park. The topic was Fannin County priorities included in the Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget.
Ralston said he is excited about everything going on in McCaysville adding, “Hwy 5 is heading more and more to becoming a reality” this has been a project which has been discussed since the ’80’s.
He continued explaining how every year they go through in the session of the general assembly a budget process. They appropriate about 25 billion dollars from the budget based on the revenues they take in and then allocate. Sixty-two percent of our State Budget goes to education. Ralston explained how they balanced the budget without raising taxes and pointed out there are 5 to 6 states who cannot do this. Georgia is now one of only 8 states in the Nation who have a Triple A bond rating. What this means for Georgia is if it has to incur bonded indebtedness it can be done with little to no interest.
The specific items in this year budget which directly impact McCaysville and Fannin County were $500,000 allocation for a new street and park enhancement project for the City of McCaysville. This will include work for drainage, trail work, and work to enhance the park. There was $75,000 designated for a Young Farmer Program at Fannin County High School.
The final item Ralston discussed was regarding a message he received late in the session when he was home one evening. He received a text about a big brush fire which occurred between McCaysville and Mineral Bluff and they had to wait 3 to 4 hours to get a unit from the Georgia Forestry Commission to help put it out and it was getting bigger by the minute. Ralston said he had found out over the years the assets at the Georgia Forestry Commission location in Fannin County had been diverted to other places.
He told the crowd, “I went in on Monday morning and I said we got to fix that and we did and here’s what’s going to happen. We are going to utilize primarily existing funds to expand the Fannin County District Office Georgia Forestry Commission and renovate that office. We are gong to have an additional transport and tractor unit, 2 new units have been relocated to Fannin County. Hiring a new ranger position which will bring staffing levels to a Chief Ranger Supervisor and 3 rangers for improved response time and oversight to protect property owners and the forest here in our community.
Ralston said these things were important and he wanted to come and share the information with the community. He expressed his appreciation for the cooperation from the City, the School System, the Fannin County Chamber of Commerce and of course the law enforcement.
I, Sam Snider, am officially announcing my candidacy for the District 7 State House of Representatives. I am grateful for the support I received during the 2014 election and I am looking forward to serving our community as their representative. After 30 years in education, I retired from teaching full time. I am concerned by the increase in taxes during the 2015 session as well as the fact that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act has yet to be passed. We also have a ways to go in protecting our second amendment rights with a clear constitutional carry bill. Promises of reducing taxes were not kept. As a former teacher, I am concerned that changes to teacher pay will be enacted upon in the next non-election year. Merit pay was set aside for this session. In my opinion, we need input from teachers more than ever. I hope to earn your vote on May 24th in the republican primary.
Coach Sam Snider
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