Republican Shawn Still has won the race to be the first state Senator to represent Forsyth County and surrounding areas in District 48.
With all of the district's precincts reporting, Still received 41,434 votes, or about 56.7% of the more than 73,000 votes counted so far in the race, to Democrat Josh Uddin’s 31,591, about 43.3%, in the Nov. 8 General Election.
State Senate District 48 is new to the area after the latest round of redistricting and represents a portion of south Forsyth County and portions of Fulton and Gwinnett counties
In Forsyth County, where all precincts have been reported voters supported Still with 14,620 votes, about 64.5% of the 22,679 ballots cast, and Uddin with 8,059, about 35.5%.
Who he is: Still is CEO of Olympic Pool Plastering & Shotcrete and owner of Endless River Adventures and previously served as finance chairman of the Georgia Republican Party. He lives in Johns Creek and has three daughters.
How he reacted: “I hope that I make the folks of Forsyth County proud,” Still said on Tuesday. “I know that it’s only a third of my district by geography, but it has been where I have put my largest focus in my entire campaign, and it is where my largest base of support has been.
“I am so grateful to everyone in the county that has rallied behind us, and I promise to represent everyone, regardless of party affiliation, to the best of my ability.”
On the issues: Still recently told Forsyth County News his priorities if elected include pushing for school choice, lowering taxes, protecting water resources and fulling funding and increasing resources for police and public safety.