Wednesday August 10th, 2022 10:42AM

Echols edges out Gibbs in race for state senate

By Jonathan O'Brien Anchor/Reporter

Hall County District Three Commissioner Shelly Echols handily won the Republican nomination for Georgia State Senate District 49 on Tuesday.

The one-term county commissioner defeated her old political opponent Scott Gibbs in the primary to succeed Butch Miller, who is running for Lt. Governor. She will now face Democrat Judy Cooley in November. 

"I'm thankful that I had two opponents who kept it clean and ran on our own merits and let the voters decide," Echols said in an election night interview on WDUN. 

Echols, a Gainesville native, is a graduate of East Hall High School, where she later served as a social studies teacher. 

“As your senator, I’ll champion pro-life policies, protect our Second Amendment rights, fight for less government, and never cave to the radical left and their cancel culture,” Echols said when she launched her campaign. “I will serve with principle and never be afraid to stand up for what is right, just as I have on the County Commission.” 

She is married to Drew Echols, CEO of Jaemor Farms, and they have two children, Chloe and Cohen. 


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