Sheldon resigns from Dacula-area House seat

Donna Sheldon

Donna Sheldon

DACULA — Dacula voters will choose a new legislator after state Rep. Donna Sheldon announced she will resign to concentrate on her congressional race.

Sheldon, the Republican caucus chair for the state House, is seeking the U.S. House District 10 seat, with Congressman Paul Broun running in the 2014 U.S. Senate race.

“I’m proud to have been a part of balancing Georgia’s budget in tough times, maintaining our triple A bond rating and creating an even better climate for small business here,” Sheldon said. “Now I am determined to take these experiences to Washington, D.C. to fight for the same things in Congress.”

With an upcoming referendum for Gwinnett’s special purpose local option sales tax, a special election to replace Sheldon can be on the same ballot, which the legislator intended to save taxpayer money.

“I informed the Governor and Speaker of my intentions (Sunday),” Sheldon said. “I am very proud to have represented my community for 11 years in the House and grateful beyond words to my friends and neighbors who have been so supportive of me.”

The small businesss owner is the top fundraiser so far in the 2014 race, which includes businessman Gary Gerrard, pastor Jody Hice and business Mike Collins, the son of former Congressman Mac Collins.