The responses to these questions were edited for length and clarity by the Georgia Decides team. Each candidate was allotted 150 words for each answer and some answers were trimmed in order to abide by that length requirement. Other edits were made to make sure readers can fully follow and understand the candidate responses.
Campaigning for: State House District 68
How does your background equip you for the job you are seeking?
I have worked to get candidates election for over 20 years. I am a servant-leader, an activist for the people and, most importantly, transparent.
What role should government have in the lives of Georgians? How would you apply that philosophy to the job you are seeking?
The Constitution states we are all created equal and, in the Bill of Rights, we have the right to life, liberty an the pursuit of happiness. I will ensure Georgians have their rights protected.
If you are elected (or re-elected), what problems will you spend the most time solving and why?
The environmental issues in Georgia, infrastructure to support the ever-changing climate and voting rights for every American. Educators’ salary should be higher.
Georgia is a politically diverse state. How will you work to represent Georgians whose political views differ from your own?
I believe what Martin Luther King Jr said — that a genuine leader does not search for consensus but rather molds consensus. As leaders, we are to find commonality among ourselves for the good of the state.
Who has been the biggest influence on how you view state government and politics? What have you learned from this person?
Sen. Valencia Seay (D-Riverdale) has taught me constituency services matters.
Georgia has a lot to offer current and potential residents, but many parts of the state are becoming increasingly unaffordable. Please explain your proposed approach to address housing affordability through legislation and executive actions?
Housing has become so unaffordable that multiple families have joined together to eek out a living. The highest bill in for families is having a roof over their head. We will have to have investors whot want to invest in people and not for profit to make housing affordable.
Politics is often about compromise. How do you decide when to compromise and take small, incremental wins, and when to refuse compromise?
I will not conpromise when it involves the rights of others. I will advocate for in increase in educators’ salaries. Geogia needs to have a gun safety legisation that makes sense. We can protect second graders from shooters and still have Second Amendment rights.
There were politicians who questioned the outcomes of Georgia elections in 2018 and 2020. Do you think Georgia’s elections are secure and will you stand by the results?
I will stand by the outcome of my race. I believe we can do better as the leader of the free world. Countries who have free elections are watching how we handle our voting systems. Yes, I believe the elections to to be secure but we can and will do better.
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on abortion, state law and local enforcement authority will determine access to abortion.
I believe that a family and her physician has the right to privacy regarding their decision to start a family and have a medical procedure without the government interference. Legislators are not physicians and should not legislate morality.
Are there any programs/legislation you’ve sponsored or created to help people with disabilities?
I will sponsor programs that amplifies the work of disabled Americans. People with disabilities are very sucessful and need to be seen. Education for the disabled should have more funding.
Georgia closed out its budget year with a “likely record surplus, billions of dollars in federal aid and a growing economy.” Georgia spends more than half of this money on education and health care. What would you want to see in the budget in terms of spending or taxes?
Expand Medicaid for the families that are in the wage gap and can not afford other health insurance. I would increase salaries for first responders and fund training programs for them. I would increase the salary of educators so we can have the most educated people working in the field.
The Legislature often votes along party lines. When would you seek bipartisan action and what issues merit such consensus?
Gun safety can be worked out to protect the Second Amendment.