State Senate District 25
You have previously run for state office. How did that experience prepare you for this race?
I have had a thriving business in Milledgeville for over a quarter of a century and had been active in many civic, government and church activities. Those activities placed me square in the middle of community conversations, and I listened to fellow citizens talk about their hopes, frustrations and ideas for the county. When I began going door to door in every neighborhood, I learned more about how frustrated people with the state of local politics.
With our local unemployment rate more than 16 percent (far higher than the state average), I've heard the cry for jobs loud and clear; but, there is also a strong need for optimism. People need to believe the things they care most about — education, the economy and ethics in government — can, and will, get better.
I will work to provide that sort of hope by shaping state policy to get our local economy back on the right track and get people back to work. This means more than just saying ‘create jobs.’ It means creating the right environment for businesses to flourish. It means not just creating jobs — but jobs that pay well. It means providing people the income they need to do business within our community.
What significant legislation would you propose to create a stronger economic environment in Baldwin County?
In Atlanta, our General Assembly has its priorities mixed up. In recent years, it has continued to pass legislation that gives tremendous tax breaks to special interests while ignoring our citizens. For example, millions have been allowed for new tourist attractions, which have turned out to be boondoggles. Whether it was the much-touted Go Fish program or the billion-dollar planned sports complex in Bartow County (that needs $250 million from the state), the General Assembly has placed priority on pet projects rather than its citizens.