On Tuesday, voters in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District elected their first Republican Congresswoman to the U.S. House of Representatives. Georgia’s former secretary of state, now heads to Washington D.C. as Congresswoman-elect Karen Handel. After a close special election run-off battle, Republican Karen Handel received 51.9 percent of the vote, while Democrat Jon Ossoff garnered 48.1 percent. In total, more than 200,000 voters participated in the special election — nearly 50 percent of registered voters. The increased voter turnout is indicative of the heightened media attention the race received and importance for national and local political scene.

Congresswoman-elect Handel developed a career serving in both the public and private sectors. As a former county commission chair and president of the Greater North Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, she has worked closely with Georgia’s business community. She and her husband have lived and given back to the 6th Congressional District for nearly 25 years and currently reside in Roswell.

Handel’s pro-business platform resulted in the endorsement of the Georgia, U.S., and Greater North Fulton chambers of commerce. We congratulate Congresswoman Handel and look forward to working with her to move Georgia’s business community forward.

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