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    Rep.-elect Jason Ridley (HD 6)

     

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    Jason Thomas Ridley (R-Chatsworth)

     

    District 6 (Whitfield & Murray counties)

     

    Jason Ridley

    Jason Ridley

    Jason Ridley’s runoff campaign was $2,720 in the red July 1, leaving him at a financial disadvantage in his bid to unseat Rep. Tom Dickson. However, Ridley benefited in May from an independently funded mailer calling out Dickson for voting this year to exempt tickets for the 2019 Super Bowl from sales taxes. The exemption, which passed the House 127-22, was a prerequisite for Atlanta’s winning bid for the 2019 Super Bowl. The conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity paid for the mailers, which went out a few days before the May 24 Republican primary. No cost has been disclosed, as the mailers are not considered political materials. Another advocacy group, the American Federation for Children, spent $5,719 on ads and mailers for Ridley in the weeks leading up to the July 26 runoff.

    Campaign website

    Political career

    • Elected to the House in 2016 after unseating Rep. Tom Dickson, 54-46%, in the Republican primary runoff.

    Committees

    • Banks & Banking (2017 – )
    • Interstate Cooperation(2017 – )
    • Motor Vehicles (2017 – )

    Employment

    • Farmer; owner of rental properties.

    Business ownership interests

    • Owner/manager, TKS Investment Group LLC, residential rental property.

    Other fiduciary positions

    • None disclosed.

    Real estate holdings

    • Personal residence & 29-acre farm in Chatsworth valued at $202,000.
    • Two rental homes in Chatsworth valued at $63,000 and $13,000.
    • Co-owner, 3.5-acre commercial lot in Chatsworth valued at $125,000.

    Other investments

    • None disclosed.

    Payments from state agencies

    • None disclosed.

    Campaign contributions

    Ridley has raised more than $9,000 in political donations in 2016.

    • Reported cash on hand (July 2016): -$3,764

    Top donors

    • $1,500 Howell Springfield, Chatsworth, Ga., farmer
    • $1,400 Eddie Caldwell, Dalton, Ga., businessman
    • $1,000 John Waters, Chatsworth, Ga., business owner
    • $1,000 Lamar Dunn, Chatsworth, Ga., insurance business owner
    • $1,000 Leonard Ridley Jr., Chatsworth, Ga., retired state employee

    Updated Nov. 9, 2016

     

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