After the GAGOP debate, the Hall County Republican Party hosted a straw poll. The straw poll results were released with some surprises. One being an unannounced candidate, Ashley Bell, winning by a 2 to 1 margin for state school superintendent. Many are wondering if this will be enough for the former commissioner of Hall County to enter the race. This might give the momentum needed to push him into this race.
Hall County is his home county.
“I’m humbled by the support we received tonight. My wife Lauren and I are grateful to our fellow north Georgia republicans for their trust as we prepare to take this journey to improve the education of the children in this state.”
And here is a press release:
On February 22, 2014, Former Hall County Commissioner Ashley Bell and long time Charter School leader won decisively the straw poll for State School Superintendent at the Georgia Republican Party Senatorial Debate at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia.
Ashley, who will be making a decision on running in the next week or so, more than doubled the votes for the second place candidate. Bell was present at the debate along with representatives from across the state but, was only there to attend the debate and did no formal campaigning. This win shows Ashley has reliable base in North Georgia where people know him best and trust his leadership for our state’s schools.
“I am very humbled and appreciative that the folks who know me best would choose to send such a strong signal of their desire for me to throw my hat in the ring.” Ashley said once the results were announced.