NEW LEADERSHIP WITH NO STRINGS ATTACHED
Kellie Austin is an 8th generation Georgian and was raised in a conservative home with traditional values. Her dad, a CPA whose first love is history, instilled into Kellie a passion for America and Georgia and the conservative principles of limited government, lower taxes, and more personal freedom.
Kellie’s belief in local control and personal responsibility is why she decided to run for the State House. Sometimes, problems begin to seem too big to tackle, and the more studies we do, the more overwhelming the project begins to appear. Kellie believes action produces results. Far too often, government officials spent too much time talking about solutions rather than taking action to fix the problem.
Kellie’s dad was raised very poor in the inner city of Atlanta and was the first in his family to go to college. His determination allowed him to create a different life for himself and for his family. He taught Kellie to find the answers for herself and not to allow circumstances to limit her success.
Kellie was home-schooled and received a GED before diplomas were available for non-traditional students. However, ten years after leaving her pre-law studies to marry a US Marine, she became a single parent with five young children. Kellie then moved her family from North Georgia to Gwinnett County to pursue a career and raise her children on her own. Kellie and her kids spent two years in the North Gwinnett district of Suwanee, then they settled near Collins Hill, just inside the Mountain View district in 2010.
Kellie is a creative problem solver which led her to become a successful marketing and financial strategist. She now has nearly 20 years of experience in the economic development and political arena, including Community Improvement District development, political consulting, fundraising, event management, and public opinion research. In 2008, she left corporate and began her own firm, Skyline Strategy, which has allowed her to work with great people while remaining focused on her local community and family.
Kellie has a unique ability to bring people together, understand complex issues, and identify the best options to reach a successful outcome.
The only thing Kellie enjoys more than local improvement and politics are her kids. Her oldest, Mariah, was a 2016 Honor Grad from Mountain View. She and her husband, Noah, are now stationed in California, where Noah is a US Marine Tow Gunner. Berechiah, 18, is a Senior at Mountain View High School and has received a Congressional nomination to attend the Naval Academy. He is a baseball umpire and scholar athlete. Abigail, 16, is a Junior, and Madelaine, 15, is a Freshman. Both girls are athletic trainers for Mountain View and lifeguard in the summer. Sammy, 14, is a rising Freshman and avid baseball player.
Her kids have been active in dance, baseball, cheer, football, lacrosse, and wrestling with North Gwinnett rec, Collins Hill rec, Mountain View Athletic Assn and High School, and Royal Dance Academy. Kellie and her kids are actively involved in 12Stone Church (Central Campus), where she and her girls serve in the nursery during the early service.
She served as chairman of the Stephens County Republican Party and Area Director for the 9th District. Recruiting and training candidates, Kellie was pivotal in the transition to a Republican majority in North Georgia.
Kellie attended Emmanuel College and North Georgia College, and is an alumnus of the Leadership Institute in Washington DC. She is a member of the 2007 Class of Leadership Toccoa-Stephens County, Inc., the Gwinnett Young Republicans, the Gwinnett Republican Party, the Conservative Republican Women of North Atlanta, and was an early member of the Mosaic Rotary of Gwinnett.
“While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.”