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Head of Lake Lanier group to run for Forsyth state House seat
Joanna Cloud challenging Rep. Sheri Gilligan in GOP race for District 24 post
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Lake Lanier Association Executive Director Joanna Cloud

The Lake Lanier Association’s executive director, Joanna Cloud, is running for a state house seat in Forsyth County.

On Friday, Cloud announced her bid as a Republican for the District 24 seat in her home county of Forsyth, where she’s lived for 13 years. The seat is currently held by Rep. Sheri Gilligan, R-Cumming.

A graduate of Georgia Tech, Cloud worked for more than 20 years in software development before taking over the Lake Lanier Association, which advocates and the local, state and federal level for residents of the lake.

Cloud told The Times she was approached by several people about a run for the Georgia House and decided now was the right time to jump into a race.

She doesn’t have plans to resign from her position at the association.

“Certainly I’m going to be dual-tasking and wearing a couple of hats between now and the primary, and after the primary depending on how things go we’ll probably stand back and reassess what my role is with the association,” Cloud said on Friday. “I may have to sort of change my role and work in a different capacity, but I certainly see myself continuing to be involved in it.”

The association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, barring it from political advocacy.

“Obviously there’s some things I wouldn’t be able to do,” Cloud said, noting that some of her responsibilities would have to shift to others in the association.In her announcement, Cloud said her priorities as a lawmaker would be education, transportation, economic development and infrastructure. She noted her involvement in Forsyth school councils.