Sheree Ralston today announced she would seek election to the 7th District of the Georgia House of Representatives. The vacancy was created by the passing of her husband, former Speaker of the House and longtime representative David Ralston.
“I’m running to complete the unfinished work of my husband, David Ralston, specifically as it relates to mental health reform and advancing and protecting the interests of Georgia’s 7th House District,” Ralston said. “David was our champion and voice at the Capitol, and, if elected, that’s what I intend to be as well. “There is so much work that remains to be done, and I want to honor David’s life’s work and legacy. As 2 Timothy 4:7 says, ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, have kept the faith.’ David’s earthly race has come to a close, but the fight for Georgians is ongoing. I know his heart, and his heart was always for his constituents and his home. “I can never express how grateful I am for this community and their support during this sad and difficult time. I thank you for your prayers and outpouring of love. In the coming days I hope to win your support as well.”
The 7th House District seat comprises Fannin, Gilmer and a portion of Dawson Counties. It will be filled in a special election on January 3, 2023, in time for the upcoming legislative session.
Sheree Ralston is the executive director of the Fannin County Development Authority. In this capacity, she supports the Fannin County Development Authority Board of Director’s efforts to improve the local economy and enhance its workforce training initiatives. This includes working closely with existing businesses, as well as those interested in growing or relocating to the area. She also works to strengthen existing relationships with community leaders as well as build new public-private partnerships. Ralston lives in Blue Ridge and is a longtime resident of Fannin County. Together, she and her late husband, David, have four children and three grandchildren.