“Rick Jasperse is a devoted family man and a long record of genuine public service to the people of North Georgia,” Ralston said. “He is a man with the character we need to represent the people of the 12th district, and I look forward to having him on my team in the next session.”
Jasperse expressed his appreciation for Ralston’s strong words of endorsement. He said he is committed to working with the speaker in representing the needs and concerns of the citizens of the 12th district.
“Speaker Ralston has earned his position by doing the people’s work with dignity and quiet humility for a number of years, and Georgia is better off for it,” Jasperse said. “I will try to learn as much as I can from him, work with Speaker Ralston and follow his example for integrity and hard work.”
Jasperse is seeking to fill the unexpired term of State Rep. Tom Graves, who resigned his post to seek a Congressional seat. Jasperse’s name will appear on ballots during the upcoming May 11 special election.
For 30 years, Jasperse served as the County Agent for Pickens and Bartow Counties and for the University of Georgia. He helped found the Appalachian Cattlemen’s Association, Jasper Farmer’s Market, and he has been a leader with the Mountain Conservation Land Trust and with Chattahoochee Technical College, among other organizations.
Rick and his wife, Marcia, have been married for 28 years. The Jasperses have three grown children — Elizabeth, Mary Alice, and Bob. The family is active in the First Baptist Church of Jasper.