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New state lawmaker from Forsyth County will be sworn in Wednesday

FORSYTH COUNTY — District 24 state Rep.-elect Sheri Gilligan has learned when she will be sworn in to office.

Gilligan, who won a special election runoff July 14 to fill the unexpired term of Mark Hamilton in the state House of Representatives, will take her oath Wednesday in Atlanta.

Hamilton, who had held the post for about a decade, resigned in May to pursue a job opportunity in Tennessee.

The ceremony for Gilligan is set for 2 p.m. in the House chambers. Chief Forsyth County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey S. Bagley will be officiating.

Gilligan is a former CIA analyst and U.S. Navy Reserves veteran who teaches at Lanier Technical College. She defeated fellow Republican David Van Sant, an attorney, with about 75 percent of the vote. No Democrats qualified to seek the post.

District 24 includes parts of six precincts in Forsyth County — Coal Mountain, Cumming, Heardsville, Midway, Otwell and Polo.

Voter turnout for the runoff topped 11 percent, with 3,800 of the district’s 34,371 registered voters casting ballots. Some 1,660 of them did so during the advance voting period.

Gilligan has previously said her priority at the state Capitol will be to “do what is absolutely best for the people of Forsyth County and the 24th District,” with an emphasis on curbing spending.

“I’m just going to work with some of the great legislators who have been helping me and supporting me in this race,” she said. “I’ll be working with them as we keep Georgia prosperous.”

Throughout her campaign, Gilligan emphasized cutting taxes, localizing control of education and upholding religious freedom.