Shaw follows in dad’s footsteps

12/16/2010

November 3, 2010

Shaw follows in dad’s footsteps
He’s elected new state representative

Dean Poling The Valdosta Daily Times The Valdosta Daily Times Wed Nov 03, 2010, 01:12 AM EDT

LAKELAND — Jason Shaw has found his own path following in his father’s footsteps.

The younger Shaw will serve as a Republican representative in the district where father Jay Shaw long served as a Democrat.

“He’s very proud,” Jason Shaw said of his father’s reaction to Tuesday night’s election victory. “It’s been a good experience for all of us. Win or lose, it would have been a good experience.”

Facing Democrat Debra Tann, Jason Shaw won all four counties in the 176th District.

With all Lowndes County votes tabulated late Tuesday night, with the exception of military and provisional ballots, Shaw garnered 4,885 votes, 66.73 percent, to Tann’s 2,430 votes, or 33.2 percent.

In Berrien County, with 99 percent of the vote counted, Shaw collected 1,215 votes to Tann’s 400 votes, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office.

In Clinch County, with 99 percent of the vote counted, Shaw had 980 votes to Tann’s 400 votes, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

In Shaw’s home county of Lanier, with 99 percent of the vote counted, Shaw had 1,194 votes to Tann’s 485, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

Shaw commended Tann for running “a good, solid, clean race.”

Though Shaw joins Georgia’s GOP majority in the state House of Representatives, he also joins South Georgia’s predominantly Democratic state delegation. He does not see party difference affecting the relationship his father developed within the South Georgia delegation.

“I’m proud to call all of the members of the delegation friends,” Shaw said. “I will be riding their coattails when I first arrive. I trust all of them.”

But that’s a few months down the road. Shaw’s first business as a representative-elect will start today.

“Starting in the morning,” Shaw said late Tuesday night, “I’m going to work as hard as I can to get all of my campaign signs up.”


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