Blue Ridge’s David Ralston will not seek another term as House Speaker

Cites unspecified health concern

BLUE RIDGE, Georgia (WDEF) – Georgia’s Speaker of the House announces he will not seek the post again next year.

Representative David Ralston is from Blue Ridge in the north Georgia mountains.

He says his tenure as House Speaker will end in January, but he will continue to represent his district.

Rep. Ralston is currently the longest serving speaker in the country.

Speaker Ralston acknowledges that a health concern has him scaling back.

“Serving as Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives has been the honor of a lifetime, and I owe a heartfelt thank you to my colleagues for the trust and confidence they placed in me thirteen years ago,” said Speaker Ralston. “I need to take time to address a health challenge which has arisen recently, and the House needs a Speaker who can devote the necessary time and energy to the office. I love the House and want to see the honorable men and women who serve in it succeed. I will work the remainder of my term as Speaker to ensure a smooth transition for my successor.”

Ralston is unopposed on the ballot next week.

“I appreciate the continued support of my friends and neighbors in Fannin, Gilmer, and Dawson counties,” said Speaker Ralston. “I intend to serve out the next term as their state representative and fulfill the duties they have entrusted to me.”

The House Speaker in Georgia has traditionally been the second most powerful politician in the state, only behind the governor.

 

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