Sheree Ralston, widow of Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, running to succeed him

Sheree Ralston announced Wednesday she will run for election to succeed her husband and former Georgia House speaker David Ralston.

David Ralston died earlier this month at age 68 weeks after he announced he would step down as speaker because of a “health challenge.”

“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,” Sheree Ralston said. “David was our champion and voice at the Capitol, and, if elected, that’s what I intend to be as well.”

She added that she is thankful for the community’s support and prayers since her husband’s death.

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David Ralston represented the 7th District of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2005 to 2022. The district is seated in Fannin and Gilmer counties as well as parts of Dawson counties.

A special election will be held for the district on Jan. 2, 2023.

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