Occupation: Marketing Consultant
Previous elective offices held: member, Georgia Senate 2011-present; member, Georgia House of Representatives, 1999-2011.
Other community service experience: various committees at Dunwoody United Methodist Church; ex-officio member, Dunwoody Homeowners Association; member, Spruill Arts Center.
Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position?
A: The major reason I should be re-elected is my proven ability to get results. I have been honored by groups ranging from the NAACP to the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association. I continue to be endorsed by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business.
People are tired of gridlock in politics and my bipartisan approach has allowed me to get passed legislation like savings accounts for disabled children and a property tax freeze.
My political philosophy champions capitalism and personal responsibility while my opponent (trying again) is a union-backed progressive. This is a clear difference in the direction we think is best for our constituents and state.
Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue?
There are several major issues. Affordability in higher education crosses the entire income spectrum.
I am championing an initiative to examine this and efficiencies in our universities, colleges, and technical colleges. The governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the House, Board of Regents and chancellor are all on board and we are beginning the work right now.
Traffic remains a major problem and the regional transit group on which I serve will hopefully bring forth some major solutions.
Finally, DeKalb County is a disaster and I look forward to working with the presumptive new CEO since we have had past successes together.