ELLIJAY, Ga. – As Qualifying Week begins in the state of Georgia, candidates have lined up to officially get their names on the ballot for the May General Primary to be held May 22, 2018, with a voter registration deadline of April 23.
One race in particular is being closely watched and it comes from Georgia’s 7th District. The seat currently held by Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives David Ralston is being challenged by Ellijay resident Margaret Williamson.
Williamson made her intentions clear when she announced earlier this year that she would be seeking the Republican nomination for the General Election to be held Nov. 6, 2018.
Williamson acknowledged in a statement previously released to FetchYourNews that she had mailed the “Declaration to Accept Campaign Contributions” form to the Georgia State Transparency & Campaign Finance Committee.
A 37-year resident of Gilmer County, Williamson said, “I consider it my home. My husband, John, and I raised our 4 children here and now enjoy our reward, the 11 of our 15 grandchildren who live in the county.”
Having studied engineering, marketing and business, worked as a healthcare professional, and owned a small business, Williamson says that her involvement in politics spans over two decades when she worked on her first campaign in 1994.
“As a regular visitor to the Georgia capitol, I keep informed on current legislation, especially those that affect the taxpayers of the Georgia State District 7,” Williamson said, explaining that since 1994 she has remained active and aware in politics.
Williamson added, “It is distressing to see bills passed that fail to meet our needs but only help our big business and special interests groups, bills that increase our taxes, and bills that burden us with unfunded mandates, regulations, and growing number of fees that hurt our economy.”
Williamson discussed the economy of our area, citing that while leadership in Georgia likes to dote Georgia as the number one place to do business, the statistics of this claim do not add up.
In Georgia State District 7, the average annual income per household is below that of the national and state averages, according to Williamson. She attributes this assessment to high property taxes, increasing school taxes, fees, penalties, regulations, and fuel taxes, which all decrease a family’s spendable income.
Williamson says there is no one fix and added, “Without growing our tax digest, bringing in more revenue from sales tax, improving our economy, we would be left with raising our millage rate and who wants that?”
“We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the U.S.,” Williamson spoke of the growing tourism to our area. “This industry now is the biggest contributor to our economy.”
“We need to work together to make our counties even more attractive,” Williamson added, “without compromising our conservative north Georgia values.”
“I have said from the very beginning of my campaign that I am not running against,” Williamson spoke of her intentions in the upcoming year, “I am running for the people in District 7. I will work diligently to meet their needs and not those of a minority of special interests groups.”
Upon completing the qualifying process yesterday, Williamson will continue campaigning in hopes of overcoming incumbent Ralston in the May General Primary.
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