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Gilligan makes bid for state House District 24

CUMMING -- Longtime Forsyth County resident Sheri Smallwood Gilligan has announced her intent to run for the District 24 seat in the state House of Representatives.

“I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of support from the community,” Gilligan said. “This is my home. I love my county and my state.

“We have to come together united and stand up for our conservative, pro-family, pro-God values.”

Gilligan will challenge incumbent Mark Hamilton, a Republican from Cumming, in the May 20 primary.

Gilligan graduated from Forsyth County High School in 1981. She described her family as poor dirt farmers off Franklin Goldmine Road, but said her parents sacrificed to give her opportunities. She graduated from the University of Georgia and went on to work for the federal government.

According to Gilligan, her campaign will focus on providing ethical and accountable leadership. If elected, she will fight the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and the Common Core education standards.

She running because of what she described as the failed leadership at the state Capitol, saying she would be a conservative leader who would protect voters from “overbearing tyrannical government.”

“I will listen to you. Over the next 80 days I will engage in a [door-to-door] listening tour,” she said. “I want to hear your concerns, and if given the privilege, will be your voice in Atlanta.”

Gilligan and her husband have been married for 22 years and have four adult children and two grandchildren. They are active members of the First Redeemer Church.