Mandi Ballinger is currently serving her fourth term in the Georgia House of Representatives, where she chairs the Juvenile Justice Committee.
She serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety, as well as the Rules, Transportation, Judiciary Non-Civil, Budget and Fiscal Affairs Oversight and Information and Audits committees in the House.
She is Speaker David Ralston's appointee to the Georgia Commission on Domestic Violence, the Georgia Child Fatality Review Board and the Georgia Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision.
She is currently serving on the Sex Offender Registration and Review Board and the Special Advisory Group for Juvenile Justice, having been appointed by former Governor Nathan Deal.
She was appointed and continues to serve on the Georgia Supreme Court's Justice for Children Committee, having been appointed by Justice David E. Nahmias.
She serves on the Natural Resources and Infrastructure Committee with the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) and on the Human Services and Public Safety Committee with the Southern Legislative Conference.
She has been instrumental in furthering Georgia's laws dealing with domestic violence and child abuse and has been recognized for this legislative work by the Georgia Association of Solicitor Generals, the District Attorneys Association, the Georgia Commission on Domestic Violence and the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
A strong supporter of the Second Amendment, Representative Ballinger has been recognized for her work on the issue by being awarded back-to-back Legislator of the Year awards by Georgia Carry.
She has been recognized many times for her leadership, having been nominated and selected to participate in NCSL's Emerging Leaders Program in Bentonville, Arkansas. Additionally, she was also selected to be a member of the inaugural class of NCSL’s Child Welfare Fellows Program. She was also selected for the highly competitive Emerging Leaders Program by State Legislative Leaders Foundation in association with the University of Virginia.
She was recognized for her leadership on juvenile justice issues by being awarded the Martha K. Glazebrook award from Georgia's Council of Juvenile Court Judges.
In 2013, Rep. Ballinger completed the Georgia Legislative Leadership Institute (GLLI) by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia.
In the community, she serves on the Boards of Cherokee Focus and the Children's Haven, which is the local CASA program.
Professionally, Mandi began her career in the non-profit world, working in a domestic violence shelter, after which she worked for a district attorney's office as a Victim Advocate. She left the district attorney’s office and returned to the non-profit arena, serving as the founding director for a Child Advocacy Center. She now works as a business consultant.
She resides with her son in Canton, Georgia.
Charlice H. Byrd is a Republican member of the Georgia House of Representatives who serves District 20 and parts of Cherokee County. A longtime resident of Woodstock, Charlice Byrd has been a political activist for years, having donated her time and resources to conservative causes and candidates throughout the country and right here in our community. Charlice served as President of the Republican Women’s Club and on the Executive Committee for the Georgia Republican Party.
In 2015 Charlice was recruited to join the paid staff of Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. to help President Trump’s campaign secure the Republican nomination and ultimately win the White House. Charlice appreciated the opportunity to work with President Trump and help defeat the Democrats in the 2016 election cycle.
Charlice Byrd previously represented our community in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2005 to 2013. She was both an outspoken, conservative voice and an award-winning effective legislative leader. Charlice played a key role in helping the Republican Party secure their first legislative majority in Georgia’s history since Reconstruction.
Charlice is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and spent the early portion of her career as a classroom educator. Charlice and her husband Michael are longtime residents of Woodstock and members of First Baptist Church of Woodstock.
Brad Thomas is a Republican member of the Georgia House of Representatives who serves District 21. A local professional engineer, he moved to Georgia at the age of 14 and graduated from Dunwoody High School. Following high school graduation, and only days after he turned 18, Brad enlisted in the United States Navy where he quickly rose to the rank of Petty Officer Second Class and was Honorably Discharged in 2001. Using his G.I. Bill and HOPE scholarship, he managed to cover the majority of his educational costs attaining a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Georgia Southern University.
Brad moved to Cherokee County in 2006 and began his engineering training in Holly Springs where he worked hard and earned his state engineering license. Since then, Brad has worked on a variety of different sized capital projects ranging from energy and power generation projects for the US Department of Energy to smaller projects for local companies. He partnered with another engineer and, as a small business owner, he continues to work to meet the needs of his clients. His experience fighting for his friends, family and neighbors, problem solving skills, and entrepreneurial spirit has encouraged him to seek public office.
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Harry Johnston is the Commission Chairman of Cherokee County Georgia.
He previously served as District 1 Commissioner from 2000 – 2014, Planning Commission from 1996-2000, Chairman 1998-2000, He is Near Lifelong County Resident.
Married for 42 years to Rebecca Wheeler Johnston, a sixth generation Cherokee County resident. Two grown children graduated from Cherokee County Schools, and two grandchildren.
Certified Public Accountant. Bachelors and masters degrees in finance & accounting. Recently retired from a 42-year career in management of multiple accounting functions at Southern Company.
Lifelong Baptist Sunday School Teacher. Deacon and Church Treasurer. Choir member.
Extensive civic and community involvement…
Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Canton and lieutenant governor of the Georgia District of Kiwanis, YMCA, Chairman & Volunteer of the Year; served as a Cherokee County Library Trustee, Chamber of Commerce; Leadership Cherokee; Cherokee Historical Society, and more.
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