(Dawsonville, GA) – Today, conservative businessman William “Will” S. Wade announced his
campaign to represent District 9 (Dawson, Lumpkin, and Forsyth counties) as a Republican in
the Georgia House of Representatives.
“Today, I am announcing my campaign to represent the people of Dawson, Lumpkin, and
Forsyth counties in the Georgia House of Representatives,” said Wade. “As a life-long resident
of Dawson County, I will fight for our conservative, north Georgia values in the State House.
“I am 100% pro-life, and will stand with Governor Kemp and members of the General Assembly
to support the heartbeat bill and legislation that strengthens protections for the innocent unborn.
“As a long time member of the NRA, I know our Second Amendment rights are under assault,
and I will stand in the gap to protect the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
“My top legislative priority as your State Representative will always be ensuring Georgia’s
education system serves the needs of the Ninth District. As a family, our commitment to public
education runs deep. Since 2004, I have been honored to serve on the Dawson County Board of
Education as Chair and Vice Chair, and my wife, Jennifer, has devoted her life to educating
Lumpkin County students since 2001. By reducing high-stakes testing, advocating for parents
and teachers, championing local control, and eliminating Common Core, I will always put our
“My private sector career in community banking spans over twenty years serving the people of
the Ninth District. Because of that experience, I know that small businesses are the backbone of
our local economy. I look forward to working with Governor Kemp and members of the General
Assembly to make Georgia the best state in the nation to start, operate, and grow a small
“Finally, if elected, I will never forget the people who send me down to Atlanta every January.
The rural communities we call home are changing, and all too often they go ignored. I will
continue Representative Kevin Tanner’s legacy as a rock-solid conservative fighter for our
community and pick up right where he left off. I will work around the clock to bring good jobs to
the Ninth District, expand access to high-speed internet, lower health care costs, and preserve our
quality of life.
“With your help, we can continue to make our community and state an even better place to live,
work, and raise our families. I am humbly asking for your prayers for Jennifer, the kids, and me
as we begin this journey. I will work hard every day to earn your vote in the May 19 th Republican
William “Will” Wade and his family are active members of Mill Creek Baptist Church in
Lumpkin County where he frequently teaches Sunday School.
Will is currently the Senior Vice President/Market Executive at Southern Bank & Trust where he
has worked since April of 2016.
In June of 2019, Will was honored to be appointed by Governor Brian P. Kemp to serve on the
Georgia Student Finance Commission as the 9 th Congressional District’s representative. In this
role, Will and commission members are tasked with preserving the popular HOPE Scholarship
program, among others.
Current 9 th District Representative Kevin Tanner (R – Dawsonville) announced he would run for
Georgia’s 9 th Congressional District in the 2020 election cycle.