Christine Triebsch

Christine Triebsch

Occupation: Christine A. Triebsch, P.C., Self Employed Family Law Attorney

Previous elected offices held: None

Other community service experience: St. James Episcopal Church and East Cobb Rotary.

What is motivating you to run for this office?

I was motivated by the results of the November 2016 presidential election. I did not like the way candidate Trump was mocking a disabled reporter. I was also concerned about the character, values and comments I observed by candidate Trump. I was concerned during the debate when candidate Trump stated that if he won the election, he would have his political opponent investigated – something we do not do in elections in the United States. I initially ran in the 2017 special election for state Senate District 32 and received 42 percent of the vote. In November, I anticipate over 50 percent!

What is the biggest issue facing the district and how will you address it?

There is no one big issue; there are three: 1. Fully funding public schools; 2. Ensuring access to quality affordable healthcare, including the expansion of Medicaid; and 3. Eliminating gerrymandering.

After the new “ATL” regional transit authority forms, what local transit priorities would you advocate, if any?

I would be an advocate for regional transit in Cobb, which would include buses and other options. Light rail would be an option, but it would be a long term option. But, if Cobb wants to draw large employers to the areas, Cobb must be willing to participate in regional transit options.

What is your position on reducing or eliminating the state income tax and why?

It is a fact of life that the state of Georgia requires revenue to operate. Any modification of the state income tax by way of reduction or elimination can only be considered after finding a new source of revenue. Until we find new sources of revenue, the discussion of reducing or eliminating the state income tax is premature.

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