WHY I'M RUNNING On March 9, I qualified for State Senate District 16 which includes most of Fayette and all of Spalding, Pike and Lamar counties. I had been considering this for a few months and after the school massacre in Florida, I made my decision.
I spent 29 years as a classroom teacher – the last six at Fayette County High School - and during that period was fortunate to work with many fine students and teachers. If elected, I will work to keep war weapons out of the hands of civilians and support other gun safety measures to protect our students, teachers and all Georgians.
Our state government did not accept the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. We must accept that money and provide health insurance for nearly 600,000 Georgians who are currently uninsured. Georgia families need health care.
I support Medicare for all and a system in which there is no pay at the point of service. Georgians who get sick should be concerned with getting well and back to their families and jobs – and not be burdened with how to pay crushing medical bills.
I will work for greater tax support for our colleges and universities. We burden our students with debt the same way we do those who need long-term medical care. In the end, a system that provides debt free education may best serve our students and our state.
And I will work to increase pay for Georgia workers through raising the minimum wage, supporting labor unions, and recruiting companies for our state that pay an honorable wage. Well-paying jobs and retirement security must be the foundation for all Georgia families.
Senate District 16 is currently held by Marty Harbin, a Republican. He has stated that he’ll seek re-election. Harbin has sponsored and voted for bills (recently Senate Bill 375) that discriminates against LGBTQ Georgians. I strongly oppose these bills.
On Harbin’s Facebook page is a photograph and quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Harbin says “Thank you, Dr. King” while the quote from King encourages people to “love” one another.
I found Harbin’s post odd. King sacrificed his life to end institutional discrimination and that is the very thing that Harbin seeks through his support for anti-LGBTQ legislation. It’s as if Harbin has taken history, truth, and light and bound them together and set them on fire.
I run to represent all Georgians. Regardless of race, religion, and sexual orientation. All the people that compose the great tapestry of my district and state.