Monday, February 22, 2010

Jason Shaw will seek House District 176 Seat when his father State Rep Jay Shaw (D-Lakeland) steps Down

Jason Shaw, the son of State Rep Jay Shaw (D-Lakeland), will seek House District 176 currently held by his father who was elected to the 1st Congressional District GDOT Board last week, in which the elder Shaw says he will not seek re-election to this South Ga seat surrounding Valdosta.

“I’m excited,” he said. “It’s a new challenge, and I hope and pray that it works out. My dad believes I am good and ready. I’m honored to follow in my dad’s footsteps.”

Jason Shaw is owner of Shaw Insurance Services Inc. of Lakeland and a partner in Morris and Shaw Insurance Agency Inc. of Nashville. He said that he approached his father in 2003 and made an offer to purchase the insurance side of The Jay Shaw Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia. His favorite class was one in Southern politics.

“I guess you can say that I’ve been interested in Georgia politics since college,” he said.

“I’ve watched my dad grow politically for more than 30 years,” he added. “The political landscape has changed so much during that time. I think that — more than ever before — Georgia needs to take a common sense approach to government. We are facing bigger challenges than we have had to deal with in a long time. We need to put aside partisan politics and work together.”

“We have lots of really good people serving in the General Assembly,” he said. “Of course, there are a few bad apples, too. But that’s true of most things. I really look forward to having the chance to serve with our area delegation. It would be an honor to work with each of them and continue doing good things for the people of Georgia.”

Jason Shaw is a graduate of the Leadership Lanier Class of 2003 and the Leadership Georgia Class of 2004. He graduated in 2000 from the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership.

He is a past president of both the Lanier County Lions Club and Lakeland-Lanier County Chamber of Commerce, and he now serves as finance chair and trustee for Lakeland’s Unity United Methodist Church, trustee for the Valdosta Technical College Foundation, director of the Greater Valdosta United Way, and director of the Professional Insurance Agents Association of Georgia, Southern Financial Systems ( a division of FMB Bancshares Inc.), the Georgia Olive Growers Association and South Regional Joint Development Authority.

He enjoys spending time with wife Katy Miller Shaw and daughter Anne Harvey Shaw, 1, as well as playing a little golf and hunting.

No metioned from shaw on whether he will ru as a democrat, independent, or republican. My money is that he will run as a conservative democrat like his dad did.

HD 176 consist of portion of Lowndes, Lanier, Clinch, portion of Berrien counties

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