Elena Parent

Democrat, incumbent

Occupation:  Attorney

Elena Parent
Elena Parent

Previous elective offices held: state Senator since January 2015; state House member representing District 81 in 2011 and 2012

Other community service: member of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer; member of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers’ Foundation Board; Advisory Board for the Olmsted Linear Parks Association; member of the Emory Board of Visitors.

Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position?

A: I ask for my constituents to re-elect me as their voice in the state Senate. I have a record of legislative accomplishment and bipartisan work on critical issues facing our area, such as increasing funding for transportation initiatives, improving early childhood education and K-12 education, and reforming DeKalb County government.

Q:    What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue?

A: Ensuring that our area is poised to attract quality jobs. This means we need to focus on having a well-educated workforce by improving Pre-K-12 education and to improve our outdated transportation system.

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.