Saturday, October 24, 2009

Erin Grizzle, Miss United States 2009, Endorses Graves’ Campaign for Congress

Ellijay native and former Apple Queen newest GA-9 Freedom Fighter

Current Miss United States Erin Grizzle became the newest GA-9 Freedom Fighter supporting State Rep. Tom Graves’ bid for Congress. Grizzle, who was the grand marshal of this year’s Apple Festival Parade, endorsed Graves at the beginning of this year’s parade.

“Tom Graves is a strong conservative and exactly the kind of leader we need in Washington,” said Grizzle. “I encourage Ellijay and Gilmer County to join me and elect Tom to the U.S. Congress.”

“It’s an honor to have Erin join our campaign and lend her support to this effort,” said Graves. “All of us in the Graves Brigade enjoyed the Apple Festival Parade and having Erin become the latest GA-9 Freedom Fighter is a big honor for our campaign.”

Graves was joined by State Sen. Chip Pearson and nearly twenty GA-9 Freedom Fighters who worked the parade route during this year’s Apple Festival Parade.

Grizzle, who is originally from Ellijay, won the Miss United States title in Las Vegas this past July. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia in 2004 with degrees in both public relations and political science. Following graduation, Grizzle worked in the political arena, first as an assistant campaign manager and then as legislative aide to State Sen. Chip Pearson. She has also worked in the Georgia Governor’s Office. In 2008, she completed her M.B.A. at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Following graduation, Grizzle began her career as a business consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, a Fortune 500 company, where she is currently employed.

She is the daughter of Jackie and Susan Grizzle of Ellijay, and resides in Atlanta.

Grizzle’s endorsement is a reflection of her personal political viewpoint, and do not reflect the political views or stance of the United States Pageant.


Graves, who is in his fourth term representing House District 12, was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2002. He has chaired numerous subcommittees, served in several leadership positions and been recognized statewide as a conservative leader. He received the 2009 “Guardian of Small Business” Award from the National Federation of Independent Business, 2009 “Legislator of the Year” Award from the Georgia Retail Association, the “2009 Legislator of the Year” from the 9th Congressional District of Georgia and was nationally recognized as the “Legislative Entrepreneur of the Year Award” by the Freedom Works Foundation for his tireless effort to stem the tide of expansive government and reduce the tax burden on Georgians.

Graves grew up in White, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance. Graves is a small businessman, past member of the Gordon County Board of Elections and an active member of the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Julie, a native of Marietta, and the couple has three children, JoAnn, J.T., and Janey. They attend the Belmont Baptist Church in Calhoun.
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