Andy Garrison (R), Jefferson, announces his candidacy for the Georgia State Senate’s District 50. This post is currently held by John Wilkinson who recently announced his intention to vacate the seat to run for the US House of Representatives. This district includes parts of Jackson, Banks, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Rabun, Stephens and Towns counties.
"I was born and raised in Jefferson and have lived in North Georgia all my life. As Director of the State Public Safety Training Center in Athens, I have served northeast Georgia for over 30 years by training and educating your public safety personnel. I have served on the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce for many years and recently completed a year as Chairman. During my tenure at the Chamber and through my business, I have seen north Georgia change. Even though change is inevitable, I believe it can be managed in order to make the change beneficial to our communities. As your next Senator, I will bring a lifetime of commitment to ethics and common sense to Atlanta and will represent you by listening and being your voice in the Senate. I am asking for Your vote and Your trust."
Garrison has an extensive background in business consulting, real estate and law enforcement. He retired as the Director of the Northeast Georgia Police Academy in 2011 and is currently the Principal Managing Partner of Inland Realty in Jefferson and President of The Garrison Company.
He has also been involved with local community volunteer groups since the early 1980s. His diverse collection of activities includes the Hurricane Shoals Tumbling Water Society, Jefferson’s Community Theater, Sons of the American Legion and various local business associations.
His education includes an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia Southern University and a master’s in Public Administration from Brenau College.