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Georgia House Speaker visits Lee County

Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, David Ralston, visited Lee County Wednesday to attend a fundraiser in support of State Rep. Ed Rynders, who plans to seek re-lection.

Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, David Ralston, visited Lee County Wednesday to attend a fundraiser in support of State Rep. Ed Rynders, who plans to seek re-lection.

ALBANY — While Washington remains locked in a funding debate leading to the almost total shutdown of the federal government, Georgia’s Speaker of the House of Representatives believes a similar situation would not occur in Georgia.

David Ralston, R-Fannin County, visiting Lee County Wednesday, told reporters he believes state lawmakers are able to work together for the benefit of the state and ensure things keep moving.

“It’s not a good situation,” Ralston said. “In the state legislature we’re able to have discussion. We’re able to move Georgia forward. I wish Washington could look at our model, how we do things in Georgia”

Ralston continued by praising both sides of the aisle for being able to discuss solutions, pointing out that state officials understand the need to work together if Georgia is to succeed.

“Nobody has all the answers,” said Ralston. “Nobody’s all right and nobody’s all wrong. I think it’s imperative that both sides come together and come to an agreement to get thing moving again.”

Ralston was on hand for a fund raising event being held at the Oakland Library off U.S. Highway 82 for fellow Republican State Rep. Ed Rynders, R-Lee County, who will seek re-election for his seventh term in 2014. Ralston said that, in his view, Georgia is able to avoid the kinds of issues that have caused the government shutdown because of people like Rynders.

“I want to tell people about how important Ed Rynders is to the state legislature,” Ralston said. “He is a vital part of our team.

Ralston was elected to the Georgia State Legislature in 2002 and was elected the 73rd Speaker of the House in 201o. He currently represents the 7th District, which includes Fannin and Gilmer counties, as well as a portion of Dawson County.