FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — One of the nastiest local campaigns in Forsyth County comes to an end Tuesday when voters will elect their state representative in House District 24.
Incumbent Sheri Gilligan, who is one of the most conservative members of Georgia’s House of Representatives, is seeking a fourth term. She is being challenged by banker Carter Barrett.
Gilligan defeated Barrett by more than 600 votes in a three-candidate primary last month to set up Tuesday’s runoff. Gilligan received 4,042 votes to Barrett’s 3,418. She missed winning without a runoff by 25 votes. Ed Solly, the third candidate in the race received 675 votes and has now endorsed Gilligan.
The Gilligan and Barrett campaigns have blasted each other on Facebook posts with Barrett blaming Gilligan for everything from $5 gas to inflation and Gilligan’s campaign labeling Barrett the “King of High Density Development.” Both claims can be dismissed as campaign BS.
Both candidates can make a case for election. Barrett has been a successful banker and an effective community leader for 30 years. He has a solid list of endorsements, including State Senator Steve Gooch, State Representatives Lauren McDonald III and Will Wade, Cumming Mayor Troy Brumbalow, and County Commissioners Todd Levent and Cindy Mills.
Gilligan is a conservatives conservative, who has fought for school choice and an end to divisive social concepts like critical race theory in public schools. She was named CPAC’s Most Conservative Legislator in 2020 and 2021. She, too, has earned an impressive list of endorsements, including the NRA, Faith and Freedom Coalition, Americans for Prosperity, Senators Greg Dolezal and Brandon Beach, State Representative Matt Gurtler, the original sponsor of Georgia’s Concealed Carry bill and County Commissioners Laura Semanson and Molly Cooper.
The winner will face Democrat Sydney Walker in the November General Election.