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New state lawmaker from Forsyth County looks ahead to first session


The Cumming Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America meets the first Monday of each month at Golden Corral restaurant on Market Place Boulevard. Dinner is at 6 p.m., with the meeting beginning at 7 p.m. All Vietnam-era veterans are invited to attend.

CUMMING — Just days before taking office, newly elected state lawmaker Sheri Gilligan visited the Cumming chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Gilligan, who won a July 14 special election runoff to fill the District 24 seat in the state House of Representatives, was sworn in Aug. 5.

The Republican succeeds longtime incumbent Mark Hamilton, who resigned in May to pursue a job opportunity in Tennessee.

A county native, Gilligan is a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst and Navy reservist who is an instructor at Lanier Technical College.

She told the veterans group she was unlikely to get a plumb assignment as a freshman representative, but would be interested in committees such as transportation, defense and veterans’ affairs and industry and labor.

District 24 covers the city of Cumming, north to Hwy. 369 and west to around Hwy. 9.