Shaw wins GOP vote for District 176
Dean Poling, The Valdosta Daily Times
VALDOSTA — As Jason Shaw took a step closer to following in his father’s footsteps Tuesday, his dad remained by his side throughout the evening.
“He’s been beside me the whole way,” Jason Shaw said of father Jay Shaw, the former state representative for the 176th District.
Jason won the Republican primary for that same seat in the State House, against GOP opponent Aleta Larger.
With results from three of District 176’s four counties tallied, and Lowndes County wrapping its count, Jason Shaw said he had received a call from Larger at shortly after 11 p.m.
“Aleta called and offered her congratulations,” Shaw told The Times. “She’s ran an amazing race.”
Shaw won three of the district’s counties. He garnered 497 votes in his native Lanier County to Larger’s 149. Shaw received 306 votes to Larger’s 68 votes in Clinch. In Lowndes, with all precincts reporting save for military and provisional ballots, Shaw won 1,175 votes (70.49 percent) to Larger’s 492 votes (29.51 percent).
Larger won her native Berrien County with 345 votes to Shaw’s 282 votes.
Jason Shaw announced his candidacy for the seat after his father, Jay Shaw, was elected to the state Board of Transportation after serving as the District 176 representative for many years.
Though the father served as a Democrat, the son campaigned as a Republican.
Jason Shaw faces Democrat Debra Tann in November. Tann ran unopposed as the Democrat candidate for District 176. “We worked incredibly hard for this,” Shaw told The Times Tuesday night. “We’re not finished yet. We’re going to take a deep breath and look forward to November.”