The Forsyth, Georgia woman is the winner of the design contest for the state's new general issue license plate. Her design garnered the most online votes--34,154--in the three-week competition.
"All of the semifinalists submitted great designs that would reflect well on our state, but the winning plate was the clear favorite among voters," said Gov. Nathan Deal. He, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Department of Revenue Commissioner Doug MacGinnitie unveiled the winner today at the State Capitol.
The second-place choice of online voters received 15,380.
Sosebee, an artist by trade, actually submitted the runner-up design, too.
"I really tried to represent Georgia the best I could, and I'm glad that they saw it," said Sosebee.
The winning plate design includes Sosebee's depiction of what she calls a beautiful state: a rural feel, with a peach tree, and a cultivated field.
The new plate is scheduled to begin production in the fall. It will be flat--no raised numbers or letters--and the governor's office says the digital design will save money, aid identification by police, and give drivers the option of having their plates delivered instead of having to pick them up at a county office. Taxpayers also have the option of selecting a plain tag.
The Department of Revenue received more than 500 design submissions at the outset of the contest.
Sosebee has created many large-scale murals for the Department of Corrections, the Forsyth-Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, several hospitals and private practices and has also designed logos for businesses and corporations. She and her husband, Hugh Jr., have one son, Hugh III.
The license plate competition was done twice this summer. The first vote was thrown out over some confusion over whether the phrase "In God We Trust" was an inherent part of the design, so the voting was relaunched without the phrase on any of the designs. Sosebee's design was the winner both times.
The "In God We Trust" phrase is available for any Georgia license plate; it is a sticker that costs $1.00.