News from your District 5 Commissioner
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Laura Semanson was re-elected to a second 4-year term in 2020 to represent
District 5 on the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners through 2024. The 5
District encompasses an eastern sweep of the county, including much of the Lake
Lanier region. The 5
th District is home to over 50,000 residents and
has a diverse mix of suburban, commercial, and even rural character areas. Ms.
Semanson was appointed by the Board of Commissioners to serve as Secretary in
2017, Vice Chairperson in 2018, and Chairperson in both 2019 and 2020. She has
served on a number of internal and external committees, including the County’s
Water and Sewer, Finance, and Social Services committees, as well as the Lanier
Joint Development Authority, Georgia Mountains Regional Commission, Atlanta
Regional Transportation and Air Quality Committee, and Metropolitan North
Georgia Water Planning District.
Semanson is a graduate of the University of Florida. Go Gators! Her prior
career experience focused on marketing and corporate communications management
in the information technology sector. 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.
A major focus for Ms. Semanson has been the creation of Forward Forsyth, the
economic development partnership of the Chamber of Commerce, Forsyth County
Government, the Development Authority of Forsyth County and the Forsyth County
Education System to bring investment and jobs to the county. Other significant
projects include the development of a design and branding standard for
unincorporated Southeast Forsyth, and teaming with her District 1 colleague in
the planning of the County’s future campus on Freedom Parkway.
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 and Matthew, who attend college, and Natalie,
a senior at Lambert High School. In her spare time, Ms. Semanson enjoys camping
with her family in the north Georgia mountains, cheering for SEC football, and
doting on the family’s French bulldogs, Gus and Millie.