Two (So Far) Official Announcements for HD-120

Jesse Johnson and Gary Gerrard have sent out press releases announcing their candidacy for the special election for HD-120 to replace retiring House Ways and Means Chairman Mickey Channell.  Happy Election and may the odds be ever in your favor.


Local Businessman Jesse Johnson Announces Campaign for Georgia House of Representatives

This past weekend, Representative Mickey Channell announced he will be stepping down, causing a special election on January 6, 2015. Representative Channell has spent many years dedicated to his constituents, serving both in local government and in the state legislature.

Oglethorpe County Businessman, Jesse Johnson, owner of Southern Land Exchange and Southern Timberland Consultants announced that he is a Republican candidate for State House in Georgia’s 120th District. He issued this statement:

“My heart and my roots are in Georgia’s 120th District. I care about the families, businesses, and farms of this district and their futures. I am committed to getting this region’s economy growing again. Unrestrained spending, overburdensome regulation, and high levels of unemployment cannot be the new norm. We must reduce taxes, support the businesses that drive the economy in this part of the state, and pass state funded school choice.”

As a member of the Georgia Forestry Association and the Greene/Morgan Forest Landowners Association, I have met with and done business with people across this district. From the sportsmen and the farmers, to the boaters and the business owners, the people of this district want the government out of their pockets and off their backs. I am a conservative businessman who will keep the state government in its proper place, and I will fight to get the federal government out of our way.

Jesse Johnson is a member of the Oglethorpe County Farm Bureau, Athens Area Association of Realtors, Oglethorpe County Rotary Club, and is a former board member of The Sparrow’s Nest, an Athens based charity. He attends Athens Church where he serves visiting guests.

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Gary Gerrard Announces Candidacy for State House District 120

Today Conservative Republican Gary Gerrard announced his candidacy for State Representative in Georgia’s 120th State House District.

“I am honored to announce my candidacy for the position of State Representative”, Gerrard said. “I was a great admirer of the work done by Representative Mickey Channell during his many years of service and I look forward to serving the fine people in District 120 as their dedicated public servant in the Georgia State House.”

Longtime State Representative Mickey Channell is retiring, and Gerrard is running to replace him in the Special election on January 6, 2015.

“Georgia faces trying times. I will fight for the issues that matter to my friends and neighbors in the counties of Greene, Oglethorpe, Putnam, Taliaferro and Wilkes Counties,” Gerrard said. “By using my experience as a businessman and a litigator, I will fight for the things that matter to the people in my community – more jobs, education, transportation reform, agriculture and fighting to keep our hospitals open. We have a long road ahead of us, but I am looking forward to spreading my message!”

A Conservative Republican, Gary Gerrard is a graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of Georgia Law School. He served in the United States Army, honorably discharged at the rank of Captain. Gerrard has built a successful law practice and has served as the Chairman of the Oglethorpe County Development Authority, a member of The Oglethorpe Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board and CEO of Action, Inc., and was appointed by Governor Deal as a member of the Public Defender supervisory panel for the Northern Judicial Circuit.. Gerrard is married to Karen Green and has a daughter and two grandchildren.

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  1. northside101 says:

    Some information about the district:

    2010 Census Population: 53,857 (all of Greene, Oglethorpe and Wilkes Counties; parts of Putnam and Taliaferro Counties).

    Population by County: Greene 15,994; Oglethorpe 14,899, Putnam portion of district 13,453; Taliaferro 1,717 and Wilkes portion 7,794. (Putnam is shared with HD 145, Rep. Rusty Kidd, and Wilkes is shared with HD 33, Rep. Tom McCall). Thus, no county claims a majority of the district’s total population.

    Voting Habits:
    2012 Republican Presidential Primary: Total turnout in district of about 7,500, with Gingrich winning 52 percent in the district, Romney 26 percent, Santorum 16 percent and Ron Paul 5 percent

    2012 General Election, President: Romney 62 percent (total district turnout of about 25,000)

    2014 General Election, Governor: Deal 64 percent (total district turnout of about 17,000).

    HD 120 also was “Perdue Country” in the GOP Senate primary and runoff earlier this year—he took a landslide 61 percent against Kingston here in the July Senate runoff.

    Republicans especially get a boos in this district from the “Old Salem” precinct in Greene County (Reynolds Plantation area south of I-20)

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