Should Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) announce his decision to run for Georgia’s 9th Congressional District seat, longtime Dawson County Board of Education member Will Wade will likely run to fill Tanner’s seat in the state house of representatives, the education official announced on Thursday.
“Serving the Dawson County citizens and students over the past almost 16 years on the school board has been truly an honor,” Wade said in a statement to the Dawson County News. “Given the recent possibility of Kevin Tanner running for Congress I have had lots of phone calls and nudges from friends and customers to consider running for this house seat.”
Wade currently serves as the Chairman of the Dawson County Board of Education. He has served on the board for 15 years.
On Jan. 29, Tanner spoke with the DCN, saying that he is weighing the decision to run for Collins’ Congressional seat and will likely make his announcement one way or another in the next few days.
Tanner, who has spent 27 years in public service and has served four terms as Georgia’s District 9 Representative, also serves as Chairman of the House Transportation Committee and has been a member of the Appropriations, Education, Special Rules, Natural Resources and Intergovernmental Coordination committees.
Given Tanner’s involvement in supporting education and advocating for businesses, Wade said he feels he would be able to continue those endeavors in the state house, should he decide to run.
Wade said he will likely make his announcement following Tanner’s decision.
“I believe in service and love Dawson County and this district. I know I have a heart and passion for my neighbors, this community and this region of the state,” Wade said. “Given my deep roots in Dawson, Lumpkin and Forsyth County both personally and professionally I am seriously considering running for State House to continue the next chapter in the call to serve.”
Georgia’s District 9 represents Lumpkin County and parts of Dawson and Forsyth counties. Tanner has held the state house position since 2013.
During an interview on Fox News on Jan. 29, U.S. Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA 9th District) confirmed his campaign for U.S. Senate to fill the seat currently occupied by U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp.
Collins has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2013, representing Georgia’s 9th District which includes a large swath of northeast Georgia including Dawson, Hall, Lumpkin and many other counties.