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Commissioner Laura Semanson was elected in 2016 to serve the 2017-2020 term representing Forsyth County District 5, which encompasses an eastern sweep of the county including the Lake Lanier region. Ms. Semanson was elected by the Board of Commissioners to serve as secretary for 2017, and serves on the Water and Sewer Committee, the Finance Committee and the Lanier Joint Development Authority.
Ms. Semanson is a graduate of the University of Florida whose prior career experience focused on marketing and corporate communications management in the information technology industry. She is also a former small business owner. She brings her passion for clear and open communication to the role of commissioner, and strives to improve channels for citizen input in county government.
Since relocating to Forsyth County in 2001, Ms. Semanson has been active in the community, volunteering for various citizen organizations, coaching youth running and serving as an officer for her homeowners’ association.
She and her husband David have three children – Ethan, who attends Kennesaw State University, Matthew, who attends Lambert High School, and Natalie, who attends South Forsyth Middle School. In her spare time, Ms. Semanson is an avid runner and marathoner, enjoys camping with her family in the north Georgia mountains, and dotes on the family bulldogs, Matilda, Winnie and Gus.