For the first time since at least 1983, a Republican will sit in the District 39 seat.

GOP candidate Ginny Shaver, 54, of Leesburg in Cherokee County, declared victory Tuesday evening in the primary election against T. J. Maloney. According to complete but unofficial returns, Shaver had 50.7 percent of the vote. Maloney had 49.3 percent of the vote from those three counties.

Attempts to reach Maloney for comment on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

With incumbent Rep. Richard Lindsey, D-Centre, retiring and no Democrat stepping up to run in his place, Shaver’s tentative win Tuesday effectively gives her the seat to which Lindsey was first elected in 1983.

“I’m just really excited and want to thank all the voters,” Shaver said Tuesday. “I couldn’t have done this alone … I had a lot of people who did a lot to help me.”

Shaver is a member of the Cherokee County Republican Women and Cherokee County Industrial Board. She is married to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver.

House District 39 covers Cherokee and most of Cleburne County, along with parts of DeKalb County and the corner of Calhoun County that includes Piedmont.


Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.