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Candidates run for House District 176 seat

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –Election Day is two weeks away.

One close General Assembly race is in House District 176. The seat is being vacated by Jay Shaw.

His son Republican Jason Shaw and Democrat Debra Tann are vying for the position.

Dr. Debra Tann, an educator and Jason Shaw, a business owner and farmer are running for seat.

"I'm going to be building bridges talking with my colleagues talking with fellow legislators to see if we can get on the same page," said Dr. Tann. "We've got to stop cutting education."

Dr. Tann taught government at VSU and says for 10 years she's wanted to run. She says she'll fight for education by listening to the community and building relationships.

She opened up Genesis Chrisitan school in 2002 because of parents desires for small classrooms. She's a big advocate for public schools because that's where most students attend. She says the research she's done shows the economy will turn around next year.

"When we get back we got to continue holding on tight to our purse strings," said Tann. "We have not turned the corner yet we have to be very accountable and responsible for our state and our business."

Jason Shaw owns Shaw Insurance Services and is a farmer. We caught up with him as he finished up a Valdosta Technical College Foundation meeting at the Wiregrass Georgia Technical College. He's a trustee there. He's proud of the growth of that school and of VSU. But he says we need more jobs in this region.

He says small businesses are the backbone of the economy because when the ecomony is down some small businesses are still hiring and putting people to work.

"I feel like that's the best way and the quickest way we're going to get ourselves out of this economic situation is to grow our way out of it rather than tax our way out of it," said Shaw.

He wants to keep agriculture strong.

"If that means we need to make sure these exemptions remain so that agriculture can remain the strong industry that it has, the $70 billion industry that it is here in Georgia," said Shaw.

Shaw says decisions made at the here have more merit than those made at the state or national level. Debra Tann says she's got to be the eyes and ears to see what's coming down the pipe to our region. 

The general election is November 2nd. Click here for more information on Jason Shaw. Click here for more information on Dr. Debra Tann. 


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