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Science for Georgia has joined Science Debate and the National Science Policy Network to develop nonpartisan questions for Georgia candidates related to science, technology and health policy priorities.

This effort is part of a nationwide program to get the questions of Science and Technology constituents questions heard and acknowledged by candidates for office.

During September, Science for Georgia solicited question ideas from the public. We have sent them to every Georgia candidate for US House, US Senate, GA House, and GA Senate.

Check back here in October to see the responses.

Coalition members will not be commenting on responses or candidates. All answers will be published in the form received. We will not edit or alter them in any way. We play a neutral, non-partisan role in elevating the importance of science policy issues in election campaigns and in legislative action. All members of the collation are 501(c)(3) organizations.

Georgia Specific Science Questions

  1. How do you plan to address health inequities in Georgia that have led to a nearly doubled mortality rate of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and People of Color? 
  2. COVID-19 has devastated the national economy; what is your plan to get Georgians safely back to work and stimulate the economy? 
  3. How do you plan to address the issues of mistrust and animosity between the community and law enforcement? How would you reach out to involve the community, law-enforcement, and evidence-based information to build safer and stronger communities here in Georgia? 
  4. Georgia has the highest maternal mortality in the US. What action should be taken to reduce the deaths of pregnant mothers? 
  5. Do you believe GA must act to address toxic substances like polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) in the drinking water? If so, what should be done? 
  6. What policies, if any, should be put in place to protect GA residents living on the coastline from increased flooding and harsher storms? 
  7. What, if any, new action should the government take to stimulate research, innovation, diversity, and job creation in science, technology, and engineering in Georgia? 
  8. Other than COVID-19, what are your top 3 science priorities for the 2021 legislative session? 
  9. How do you propose to protect our farmers whose businesses/livelihoods are at risk due to unpredictable weather? 
  10. How would you address urban sprawl and its impact on agriculture, health, quality of life and wildlife? 

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US Senate Candidates

David Perdue R Seat 1
Jon Ossoff D Seat 1
Shane Hazel L Seat 1
Doug Collins R Seat 2
Derrick Grayson R Seat 2
Annette Davis Jackson R Seat 2
A Wayne Johnson R Seat 2
Kelly Loeffler R Seat 2
Kandiss Taylor R Seat 2
Deborah Jackson D Seat 2 To address the health inequities that exist in Georgia it will be necessary to take a two-pronged approach. The first step is to restore and expand access through the Affordable Care Act with the view of having reasonable premiums for individuals and families; and continuing protection for persons with pre-existing conditions. The second step is to evaluate the available options available to ensure access to quality and affordable healthcare for all; for example, Medicare for All is one model that should be considered. My plan to get Georgians safely back to work and to stimulate the economy involves several components. One is to have a requirement that workplaces follow recommended safety guidelines with the government providing some financial assistance if needed. The current efforts to protect businesses from all liability if a person contracts the corona virus while at the premises without any requirements to take protective action for the benefit of workers or general public are misplaced. A second component of the plan that focuses on stimulating the economy would be to provide financial and technical assistance directly to small businesses that most often represent the economic lifeblood of communities. Too many small businesses were not able to benefit from the initial rounds of funding through the Payroll Protection Act and the CARES Act. Workers who are still unable to return to work either because of the continuing shutdown or total closure of businesses should receive an additional supplemental payment beyond local unemployment benefits based on the cost of living. As a former mayor with oversight responsibility for a police department, I have experience working with both the community and law enforcement officials. There are entities that have developed models for improving the relationship between the community and police that can be reviewed. However, it is important to recognize that one size does not fit all regarding public safety. Because public safety is regulated on the local level, there should be local discussions with key stakeholders about the best ways to implement public safety. The federal government can play a role in terms helping to identify best practices; provide funding and other resources to facilitate local discussions; and provide funding opportunities to incentivize good community practices and programs. Because Georgia has the highest maternal mortality rate in the US, there needs to be immediate action to ensure pre-natal health care for expectant mothers. Because hospitals have closed in many of the rural areas of the state, there is reduced and limited access to medical providers. There should be a program to incentivize medical students to complete their residencies in rural areas as well as focus on primary care as a specialty; recruit more nurse practitioners; and train community health educators. Georgia must act to address toxic substances in the drinking water as well as in the air and the soil. The standards utilized by the GA Environmental Protection Division need to be reviewed in terms of the levels of toxicity that are permitted. The standards need to take into consideration the cumulative effect of toxins that are allowed in an area rather than just a case by case approach. Particularly because of the concentration of polluting entities in underrepresented or economically-disadvantaged communities. To protect GA residents living on the coastline from increased flooding and harsher storms, there needs to be the following types of policies - management of the types of any additional development permitted along coastlines; promotion and support of conservation efforts; emergency planning and community readiness; redeployment of appropriate unused military equipment for emergency management purposes. The federal government should increase the levels of funding provided to local school districts to enable them to focus on innovation and diversity that would promote job creation in science, technology and engineering. Because children have an incredible ability to learn at an early age, there should be programs introduced at the elementary school level with graduated stages along the educational spectrum. Rather than having just a competitive process between school districts, the approach should include an equity standard so that the districts with the greatest need would be able to benefit. The traditional competition formula continues to leave behind the communities with the most need. In addition to addressing COVID-19, the other top 3 science priorities for the 2021 legislative session are (1) re-engaging in discussions and research on climate change and global warming; (2) strategies to contain severe wildfires and flooding incidents; and (3) expansion and access to technology in local communities or eliminating the digital divide. Our farmers, particularly small or family farms are at risk not only due to unpredictable weather but also because of the costs of doing business continue to increase forcing many to go out of business. There needs to be a re-examination of how our food is produced and distributed. During the recent pandemic with the closure of schools and businesses, we saw the dumping or plowing under of food products at the same time people were lining up for hours for distributions from food banks that were struggling to meet the hunger needs in the communities. In terms of protection due to weather, there may some policies or programs that have been implemented in other countries, such as weather index insurance, that could be examined for its applicability or possible modification as a tool. Urban sprawl not only has an impact on agriculture, health, quality of life and wildlife; it has an impact on the affordability of housing, housing options, and access to transportation and employment centers. In many areas, there has been a move back to in-town living because of easier access to transportation, reduction in commuting time, access to cultural amenities, and employment opportunities. One of the tools that has been developed to address urban sprawl is the concept of "Smart Growth" which attempts to manage how growth takes place within communities. Sometimes the focus of the smart growth principles has just been on the physical components of communities such as where buildings and infrastructure should be located. What is needed is a more holistic approach to community development that factors in the impact of agriculture, health, quality of life including wildlife. Development projects often remove the habitats of wildlife without consideration of what happens or understanding the importance of the ecosystem of areas.
Jamesia James D Seat 2
Tamara Johnson-Shealey D Seat 2
Matt Lieberman D Seat 2
Joy Felicia Slade D Seat 2
Ed Tarver D Seat 2
Raphael Warnock D Seat 2
Richard Dien Winfield D Seat 2 I will wipe out unemployment and poverty income with a Federal Job Guarantee which includes a fair minimum wage starting at $20/hr and keeping pace with inflation and national prosperity, as well as equivalent replacement income for those who cannot work due to disability of retirement. I will enforce the right to decent housing with bans on eviction, foreclosures, and utility cut offs and mandatory rescheduling of rent and mortgage payments. I will enact Super Medicare for All, which will cover all necessary physical, mental, dental, and long term care, including abortions and all reproductive health care. I will balance work and family with paid family leave, paid 9 month parental leave, free public child care, and $900 monthly child allowances. Together, these measures will go a long way to eliminating health inequities in Georgia. The Federal Job Guarantee, fair minimum wage starting at $20/hr and equivalent replacement income for those who cannot work, enforced decent housing guarantee, free public childcare, mandatory unionization of all enterprises with multiple employees, worker co-determination with 50% of corporate board seats reserved for employee representatives, and Medicare for All will together keep everyone solvent, provide everyone with decent housing, insure that everyone has the medical care they need, and provide sufficient employee empowerment to ensure that employers observe proper safety precautions. Businesses big and small must be given additional assistance to cover expenses as needed, and frequent mass testing of affected populations at work, at school, and at home, must be instituted, with massive contact tracing and mandatory monitored quarantining. As soon as vaccines are developed, they must be distributed free worldwide. Then Georgia can return to safe activities in school, at work, in society, and at home. This requires a national and international mobilization that our governement has so far failed to organize. Law enforcement must cease to act and be equipped as an army of occupation. The militarization of police must be ended, police conduct records must be made public, qualified immunity must be abolished, and all policing must be completely transparent. Cases of police brutality must be examined by independent Federal investigators. Police should not be used to deal with homelessness, mental health episodes, or any other cases of deprivation that are not criminal, but social problems. Police should not carry lethal weapons on ordinary patrols, while the proliferation of guns throughout our society must be curtailed. The war on drugs must be ended, with legalization of all personal use of each and every drug, and amnesty for those convicted for drug possession. No convict should ever loose the right to vote. Utlimately, trust between police and community can be reestablished when we eliminate our social pathologies by eliminating unemployment and poverty income, together with all the blockages of opportunity that shackle our democracy. Anything less is window dressing. We need to end poverty, homelessness, and lack of proper medical care. This requires a Federal Job Guarantee with a new fair minimum wage starting at $20/hr, a Housing Guarantee providing decent housing to everyone, paid 9 month parental leave, free public childcare and $900 monthly child allowances, and Medicare for All that provides completely free coverage of all necessary physical, mental, dental, and long term care. We need Federal enforcement of strict clean water standards, removing the regulatory sabotage of the Trump administration. Enterprises that knowingly pollute our water supplies must be prosecuted. We need to implement a Green New Deal acheiving 100% greenhouse gas free energy production and consumption by 2030. We must relocate people living in areas increasingly prone to flooding and hurricane devastation and prevent rebuilding in endangered zones. Everyone who needs relocation must be provided decent housing and jobs at fair wages. In addition to the Federal Job Guarantee, which will put millions to work revitalizing our physical and human capital, we must provide Federal equitable funding of public schools (with smaller class sizes and higher teacher salaries) and free tuition and stipends at all public institutions of higher learning. In addition, the Federal government must increase funding of research in all areas of science, technology, and engineering. We must fund innovative green energy technologies (such as methane pyrolysis, Generation IV nuclear reactors, and Fusion power). We must research how to deal with antibiotic resistant pathogens. We must also fund research into how to protect human, animal, and plant life from the accelerating ravages of climate change. The Federal Job Guarantee is the ultimate ground zero of economic security for farmers and everyone else. The Green New Deal will be crucial to maintaining viable agriculture in many parts of the world. We must insure that agricultural workers are paid fair wages, have proper benefits, and work in safe conditions. Agribusiness can be afforded government subsidized loans to make it through weather disruptions of production, provided they are shown to lack the reserves to sustain themselves without tax payer subsidies. We need to rethink how we design and develop our communities, taking into account what changes can be made to make our living spaces more green energy efficient, promote democratic community, and escape the ravages of our climate crisis. Many of the ideas of the new urbanism are worth exploring in place of our destructive embrace of urban and extra urban sprawl.
Brian Slowinski L Seat 2
Al Bartell I Seat 2
Allen Buckley I Seat 2
Michael Todd Greene I Seat 2
Valencia Stovall I Seat 2
John "Green" Fortuin G Seat 2
Rod Mack W Seat 2
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US House Candidates

Earl "Buddy" Carter R 1
Joyce Marie Griggs D 1
Don Cole R 2
Sanford Bishop D 2
Drew Ferguson R 3
Val Almonord D 3
Joshie Cruz Ezammudeen R 4
Henry "Hank" Johnson Jr D 4
Angela Stanton-King R 5
Nikema Williams D 5
Karen Handel R 6
Lucy McBath D 6
Rich McCormick R 7
Carolyn Bourdeaux D 7
Austin Scott R 8
Lindsay Holliday D 8
Jimmy Cooper G 8
Andrew Clyde R 9
Devin Pandy D 9
Jody Hice R 10
Tabitha Johnson-Green D 10
Barry Loudermilk R 11
Dana Barrett D 11
Rick Allen R 12
Liz Johnson D 12
Donald Keller I 12
Becky Hites R 13
David Scott D 13
Martin Cowen L 13
Marjorie Taylor Greene R 14
Kevin Van Ausdal D 14
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Georgia State Senate

Ben Watson R 1
Lester Jackson III D 2
Sheila McNeill R 3
Cedric King I 3
Billy Hickman R 4
Sheikh Rahman D 5
Harrison Lance R 6
Jennifer "Jen" Jordan D 6
Tyler Harper R 7
Russ Goodman R 8
Treva Gear D 8
P K Martin IV R 9
Nikki Merritt D 9
Emanuel Jones D 10
Dean Burke R 11
Tracy Taylor R 12
Freddie Powell Sims D 12
Carden Summers R 13
Mary Egler D 13
Bruce Thompson R 14
Travis Johnson D 14
Ed Harbison D 15
Marty Harbin R 16
Cinquez Jester D 16
Brian Strickland R 17
Kelly Rose D 17
John Kennedy R 18
Blake Tillery R 19
Larry Walker R 20
Julius Newberry Johnson D 20
Brandon Beach R 21
Harold Jones II D 22
Max Burns R 23
Ceretta Smith D 23
Lee Anderson R 24
Burt Jones R 25
Veronica Brinson D 25
David Lucas Sr D 26
Greg Dolezal R 27
Brooke Griffiths D 27
Matt Brass R 28
Randy Robertson R 29
Mike Dugan R 30
Montenia Edwards D 30
Jason Anavitarte R 31
Tianna Smith D 31
Kay Kirkpatrick R 32
Christine Triebsch D 32
Michael Rhett D 33
Valencia Seay D 34
Donzella James D 35
Nan Orrock D 36
Lindsey Tippins R 37
Vanessa Parker D 37
Horzcena Tate D 38
Garry Guan R 40
Sally Harrell D 40
William Park Freeman R 41
Kim Jackson D 41
Elena Parent D 42
Melanie Williams R 43
Tonya Anderson D 43
Benjamin Brooks R 44
Gail Davenport D 44
Clint Dixon R 45
Matielyn Jones D 45
Bill Cowsert R 46
Zachary Perry D 46
Frank Ginn R 47
Dawn Johnson D 47
Matt Reeves R 48
Michaelle Au D 48
Cecil "Butch" Miller R 49
Bo Hatchett R 50
Dee Daley D 50
Steve Gooch R 51
June Krise D 51
Chuck Hufstetler R 52
Charles Deyoung D 52
Jeff Mullis R 53
Chuck Payne R 54
Gloria Butler D 55
John Albers R 56
Sarah Beeson D 56 Every Georgian deserves access to high-quality, affordable healthcare, which is why I support: Expanding Medicaid so we can better support pregnant women, children, retirees age 65 and older, and people who are legally blind or disabled; Keeping a woman's healthcare decisions between her and her doctor, not her and the government; Improving the quality of maternal healthcare, especially for women of color; Increasing access to mental health treatment options; Exploring more state-funded options based on the advice of medical professionals to overcome the opioid epidemic that is currently plaguing Georgia's 56th Senate District. I believe in representing all Georgians, including women, minorities, LGBTQ people, and immigrants. From defeating discriminatory anti-LGBTQ legislation that rears its ugly head every legislative session to combating bigotry from being codified into Georgia law, I will fight to be the voice for the voiceless under the Gold Dome. Implementing a statewide mandate requiring masks will save thousands of lives and pave the way for a quicker economic recovery. Additionally, the state of Georgia needs to allocate funding for an economic relief package for loans and grants to support small businesses -- one of the largest sectors of non-public employers in the state. The fact we are 6 months into a pandemic and while the rest of the world recovers we continue to struggle with controlling spread, stabilizing the economy, and providing aid to people and businesses in need is not only reprehensible, but a stark call for new leadership. While my appreciation is unwavering for law enforcement officers who place their lives on the line to protect and serve, I believe there should be accountability for those who fall short of their oath. I support making legislative changes such as making no-knock warrants illegal, requiring body cameras for all police departments, reviewing training and deescalation tactics, implementing accountability measures for officer misconduct, and prevention from rehiring officers dismissed on the grounds of misconduct. If elected, I look forward to working with law enforcement organizations and first responders to create effective, fair legislation based on these objectives. The highest priority is expanding Medicaid to allow increased access to healthcare (including before and between pregnancies) and improve the flow of funding to support rural hospitals. A large number of rural counties in Georgia do not have an OBGYN and have limited options for prenatal care. By improving access to care, pregnant mothers would be able to identify high-risk pregnancies sooner. Additionally, increasing the length of time a woman can receive coverage for postnatal care is crucial to ensuring she fully recovers. Lastly, providing women with access to birth control, science-based sex education, and the ability to safely, legally terminate an unviable or unwanted pregnancy is key. Yes. When obtaining my Master's of Science in Environmental Management, I completed an extensive research project on the impact of PFAS/PFOA on drinking water. Not only should all fire departments, airports, and military bases move toward using firefighting materials that lack PFAS/PFOA, but additionally industrial manufacturing plants should be more closely monitored for runoff surrounding the use of this material (ex. stain protectants on carpets, nonstick chemicals, etc.). In areas where a flume is identified in the groundwater, charcoal filtration processes should be used to addressed the drinking water for nearby buildings. Protecting Georgia's barrier islands from increased development and offshore drilling will help protect erosion of the first line of defense in Georgia's coastal areas. Additionally, providing state-level funding for grants to support municipal efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change can provide support at the local level. As someone who runs an environmental consulting firm specializing in engineering, I work within this space. We are going to see a steep drop-off in Georgia-based Professional Engineers (P.E.s) once the current generation nears retirement. Prioritizing local companies that work in science, technology, and engineering over non-Georgia firms would be crucial. Also, making Georgia an ideal place to live and work would be helpful in bringing in and retaining top talent. This includes investing in infrastructure (including expanding public transit options) to alleviate traffic, investing more in education, and protecting HOPE scholarships. Additional scholarship options for those seeking a STEM degree could potentially help. Expanding public transportation in Metro Atlanta (less reliance on single-driver vehicles means a decreased carbon footprint), improving science-based sex education in public schools, and preventing offshore drilling off Georgia's coast. The larger issues is upholding land use laws that protect smaller farmers over larger industrial farms, which have a negative impact on water and surrounding environment. Also, sorting out issues with water rights in Georgia will be crucial when we inevitably hit another drought period and farmers will need access. I am interested in hearing from farmers directly the best way to support them during these times. Protecting Georgia's constitutional amendment preventing the creation of new counties, improving metropolitan area mobility through transit, preventing industrial pollution via air, soil, or water and cracking down on violators, supporting the creation of smart cities, and allocating for environmental protection areas.
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Georgia State House

Mike Cameron R 1
Steve Tarvin R 2
Dewayne Hill R 3
Kasey Carpenter R 4
Matt Barton R 5
Jason Ridley R 6
David Ralston R 7
Rick Day D 7 Advocate for a 'Medicare for all' style affordable Single payer system. Hold hearings on systemic racism that has contributed to that tragedy. Then take action against those root causes. Wait... what? Me? I would just be a state rep and have no global power to enact any plans. We vote what is put up in front of us to. *chuckles* what would I do? Magic wand? Put progressives in charge of the DNC and insist everyone my age stay in their lane and stand back. 1. End the racist war on drugs. Total legalization, with police trained in Public Safety, not Law Enforcement. Constitutional change: abolish the office of Sheriff and all military patterned traits, replace with a DPS civilian. 2. After 1 is achieved, the mending begins. Community based LE works when police want it to work. WE get back to that, a basic change in the interaction between public safety enforcement and the neighborhoods. 3. A Public Proclamation by the Legislature calling out and condemning its history of passing racists laws, or laws that empower whites over minorities. Within that are remedies. I am open to all remedies that are reasonable, up to and including the removal to Chickamauga all Georgia markers or statutes related to the Confederacy erected after 1870 be reinstalled. Private ownerships will be remunerated by local vote. The logistics costs can be covered by a public or private non profit, unified through communities negatively impacted by this history of terror and intentional harm. I don't have an answer for those already dead. But for future mothers, public health has to become a bigger priority than drawing business, or even public safety. This IS a public safety issue. I'm open to listen to solutions by experts on how we can quickly move forward on this critical statistic. I don't have enough information to form an opinion without further research. Again, I am just one mountain area state legislator, I would support climate change amelioration strategies, including laws that would help. But I'm not a god and all I can do is vote in the best interest of Earth and its inhabitants. Have you seen our public education system? Let's start there, at the foundation and build up. 1. expand education funding for the sciences through grants. 2.pushing for spaceport on the cost 3. drawing more research big dollar projects, make this the same as the film industry see GA, another place to do their thing. Another place for Georgians to work. I can't propose anything but I'm willing to listen to experts. Again, listen to the experts and form consensus and vote whatever is put in front of us.
Stan Gunter R 8
Dave Cooper D 8
Will Wade R 9
Sharon Ravert D 9
Victor Anderson R 10
Nick Mitchell D 10
Rick Jasperse R 11
Kayla Hollifield D 11
Eddie Lumsden R 12
Jonathan Gilreath Harvey D 12
Katie Dempsey R 13
Mitchell Scoggins R 14
Matthew Gambill R 15
Trey Kelley R 16
Lyndsay Arrendale D 16
Martin Momtahan R 17
Q Dailey D 17
Tyler Paul Smith R 18
Pat Rhudy D 18
Joesph Gullett R 19
Alison Feliciano D 19
Charlice Byrd R 20
Ginny Lennox D 20
Brad Thomas R 21
William Hughes D 21 The fastest and easiest way to make a huge difference to under served communities of Georgia is to enact Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. This will save rural hospitals that are on the verge of collapse and expand people's access to healthcare. We must make sure that everyone in Georgia can access the insurance exchanges under the ACA, and stop Gov Kemp from diverting my neighbors to insurance brokers whose main goal is maximizing their profit. The first step is to actually stop the novel coronavirus from spreading unchecked through the state. That starts with a mask mandate. We have seen positive movement in the rates of COVID19 throughout Georgia, but nearly 7,000 of my neighbors have died because our Republican elected officials played politics with a disease. I am a supporter of the concept of 'Unbundle the Police' as described in an article in The Atlantic. Our police have too many 'hats' they have to wear. These responsibilities are not rational for armed, highly trained professionals to perform, and yet we have forced them to perform them. We should treat traffic enforcement the way we treat parking and code enforcement: create specialized officers within the Public Safety office to handle that. We need to replace some of our officers with mental health, addiction, and poverty specialists and take those calls off their plates. Then our police can focus on keeping us safe and their peers in the Public Safety arena can focus on helping people in need. Additionally, we should establish citizen review boards with strong oversight abilities. Lastly, everyone in the Public Safety department who is armed as part of their job should be required to complete much more rigorous training than is typical of American police. In addition to Medicaid Expansion, we should provide taxpayer funded pre natal, neo natal, and post partum care to all mothers in Georgia. Substances that are known or suspected to be toxic should not be released into our drinking water. Individuals and corporations that use municipal water should be required to prove they are not polluting what they put back. Polluters must be held accountable with stiff penalties from fines to having their corporation dissolved and their assets seized. We must address the way that human activity is definitely contributing significantly to the changing climate, but that won't address the change that's already underway and can't do a lot in the near term to stop the "inertia" of climate change. Our neighbors on the coasts who have owned their property for a long time deserve some consideration. However, I'm not a fan of spending taxpayer dollars on the investments of wealthy people who knew the risks when they bought their properties. We should do some things, like reinforce our barrier islands and rebuild our beaches and other natural buffers to the ocean. We should divert significant amounts of our tax incentives that end up going to out of state entities to home grown STEAM (we can't forget the arts) businesses that generate tax revenues for the state. Investments in our neighbors will pay dividends to the state. More income in the hands of Georgia's hardworking people will be spent in Georgia, which will generate more jobs and tax revenue. We must stop the bleeding of Georgia tax revenues out of the state. My highest scientific priority for 2021 and beyond is science education and rebuilding the trust in expertise that has been under attack by mostly Republican elected officials for decades. The coronavirus is of course quite virulent, but many of the almost 7,000 of our neighbors we've lost since early March died because elected Republicans dismissed the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control. They only got away with that because we've let science education and understanding fall by the wayside. Once we get underway with a robust science education plan, I would look at improving crop protections for a changing climate, improving the efficiency, output, and storage of renewable energy, and pollution prevention. In addition to long term plans like research into how to keep crops safe from the ravages of a changing climate, I would work to save actual family farms from rapacious multinational agricultural corporations. Our small farmers are ingenious and hard working, and many have had to deal with the impacts of a changing climate on their crops for decades. We need to partner with them to find what works, develop it for broad application, and share it with their neighbor farmers. We can't trust multinational agricultural corporations to do the right thing, because their main focus is maximum profit, not sustainable production. We might also have to bring in environmental scientists to tell us what crops might be more robust for our new climate reality. Many societies have had to deal with explosively growing populations and the way those impact our world. We should look at more work play live development plans like Atlantic Station, but with more robust support from the taxpayers. High rise buildings that have a mix of businesses and housing (with a mandatory split of low cost housing) can cut down drastically on sprawl. We must invest heavily in mass transit infrastructure. We should provide incentives for local production of goods and services to reduce the miles required to get them from producers to consumers.
Wes Cantrell R 22
Charles Ravenscraft D 22
Mandi Ballinger R 23
Sheri Smallwood Gilligan R 24
Natalie Bucsko D 24
Todd Jones R 25
Christa Olenczak D 25
Lauren McDonald III R 26
Jason Boskey D 26
Lee Hawkins R 27
Chris Erwin R 28
Matt Dubnik R 29
Pat Calmes D 29
Emory Dunahoo Jr R 30
Leigh Miller D 30
Tommy Centon R 31
Pete Fuller D 31
Alan Powell R 32
Alisha Allen D 32
Rob Leverett R 33
Kerry Dornell Hamm D 33
Bert Reeves R 34
Priscilla Smith D 34
Ed Setzler R 35
Kyle Rinaudo D 35
Ginny Ehrhart R 36
James Francis Ryner D 36
Rose Wing R 37
Mary Frances Williams D 37
David Wilkerson D 38
Jim Hickey R 39
Erica Thomas D 39
Taryn Chilivis Bowman R 40
Erick Eugene Allen D 40
Stephen George Jr R 41
Michael Smith D 41
Teri Anulewicz D 42
Sharon Cooper R 43
Luisa Wakeman D 43 reduce the number of uninsured by expansion of Medicaid, focus on preventive care not crisis care, take the profit centered focus of Georgia healthcare policy away and focus on policy that is health and patient centered Until we slow the spread of the virus, it will be difficult to bring back a thriving economy. Mask mandates have shown to slow the spread of COVID19 and strict rules on indoor gatherings. We need to start with policies and legislation that will protect communities that have been affected by systems based in racism. Transparency and accountability are two critical components of building trust. Medicaid expansion would allow moms to be covered 1 year post partum, and has been recommended as one of the most immediate interventions that can have an impact. However, many areas in Georgia are without a healthcare practitioner, allowing Advanced Nurse Practitioners to practice to the full extent of their training is one way to expand access to care. While Georgia touts being number one for business, we need to make sure that the businesses Georgians support are good citizens in our communities. We must hold businesses accountable for releasing toxic substances into our air and waterways. Additionally, there should be support for testing and surveillance to ensure adherence. Proactive measures, planning and preservation are key to policy affecting our coastline. Making sure our public schools are prioritized in our state budget is a good start to prioritizing our children's education. Partnering with our business community to model diversity in hiring and recruitment. Accountability for non inclusive hiring practices for teachers. Medicaid expansion, Coal Ash and Ethylene Oxide protections Farmers are key to the Georgia economy. Policies that encourage innovation and planning for challenging weather conditions will be an important aspect going forward. Careful planning when considering development expansion is important to strong and healthy communities.
Don Parsons R 44
Connie Dicicco D 44
Matt Dollar R 45
Sara Rindall Ghazal D 45
John Carson R 46
Caroline Holko D 46
Jan Jones R 47
Anthia Owens Carter D 47
Betty Price R 48
Mary Rocichaux D 48
Charles "Chuck" Martin R 49
Jason Hayes D 49 I will push for Georgia Medicaid Expansion and push for the creation of community health centers in areas of need. I plan to support small businesses by creating tax breaks and incentives for small businesses in need. This will include creating emergency funding for small businesses in need. Also, I will continue to advocate for social distancing, face mask use and hand washing. My first action would be to have a conversation with the Police Union Chief about creating accountability with officers, removing all white hate group affiliated officers and protecting good officers who report police misconduct. Also, I want to create legislation that will improve support and pay for police officers but create accountability with 3rd party malpractice insurance. We need to add mental health specialist to help assist police officers for their treating mental health patients and even for their own care. My goal is to change the narrative from police officers to peace officers. As a former National Health Service Corp Doctor, I would advocate for GA Medicaid expansion and the creation for community health centers in health profession shortage areas. This will help to get OB Gyn doctors in areas of add and allow access to mothers who need pre natal care. Yes. We must pass legislation that prohibits companies from using products or byproducts from using this toxic substance. To protect GA residents living on the coastline, we must protect the coast from erosion. We must fortify the coast line and improve counterflow traffic out of these areas to allow residents to flee the coast when storms and flooding occur. I would advocate for STEM related bills that will support schools , especially in schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods, to recruit and retain students into the STEM related fields. 1) Increase access to healthcare 2) Improve STEM participation and diversity 3) increasing non fossil forms of energy use (solar, electric, wind, water) We must add protections that will support farmers (small business tax breaks and emergency funding) when weather related events occur. We must look at the growth of urban sprawl and look to protect the environment by creating areas of wildlife and agriculture non touch zones. This would help to ensure the environment is protected and allowed to thrive without interference of urban growth.
Jay Lin R 50
Angelika Kausche D 50
Alex Kaufman R 51
Josh McLaurin D 51
Deborah Silcox R 52
Shea Roberts D 52 I will fight to expand Medicaid to cover all individuals up to 138percent of the federal poverty level. It is fiscally irresponsible and cruel, even if we were not trying to survive a global pandemic, that Georgia majority leadership refuses to fully expanded Medicaid when we could insure 470,000 uncovered Georgians, create 56,000 new jobs and support the struggling rural hospitals. Additionally, we should create, fund, and monitor structures at all levels with a mandate to ensure that current and future health practitioners in Georgia receive comprehensive training and education on the relationship between health and inequity. The number one thing we can do to recover is to get the virus under control by following the advice and guidelines of our public health experts. We need to be testing more, contact tracing and mandating masks. If we get our case numbers down, we can get our kids and teachers safely back to school and our parents back to work. We also need to offer business counseling and new funding sources for small businesses because they are the backbone of our communities and employ a significant percentage of our citizens. Georgians are harnessing the power of protesting and social media to demand justice for all of our people, especially for our communities of color. While our legislators passed a Hate Crimes bill this year, there is still much work to be done. I will fight to repeal the Stand Your Ground law that promotes vigilantism, and create a database that tracks use of lethal force by law enforcement. But to better equip our police in handling the myriad of situations they handle, I also support investing in de escalation training and community policing models. There are so many things that need to be done to reduce the maternal mortality rate. At a minimum, we should fully expand Medicaid as it would insure 470,000 Georgians and help struggling rural hospitals so that more pregnant women have access to maternal healthcare. We need to repeal HB481, the anti abortion bill and provide education to ensure that women are equipped with the knowledge, tools, and power to determine if and when they want to become pregnant and have a child. At a minimum, this requires comprehensive, evidence based information about sexual, reproductive, and maternal health. Georgia also needs to stop funding pregnancy crisis centers that do not provide qualified medical advice of all reproductive healthcare options. And Georgia must have a process in place to collect and disaggregate data about maternal health in a timely manner. Data collection should include both quantitative and qualitative methods, including community based participatory data, in order to understand the impact of race and socio economic inequality on Black womens health. Since the EPA has failed to adopt stricter policies, Georgias state legislature should consider adopting policies that set the maximum contaminant level to less than the EPAs current health advisory of 70 parts per trillion. New Jersey has adopted 13 parts per trillion. I am not an expert so I would consult with Georgia scientists and experts to understand what level adequately would keep the public safe. One priority that impacts all others, including science, is ensuring our right to vote is secure and that our maps are drawn fairly. If we cannot elect pro science leaders, then our opportunity for progress in addressing climate change and protecting our environmental resources is foreclosed. Second, as a zoning attorney and proponent of smart development, I will advocate for expansion of MARTA and other public transportation options. I will support the proposed 2020 legislation where revenue generated by the state motor fuel tax could be utilized for public transit projects rather than just roads and highways. Third, I will support proposed legislation that mandates coal ash be stored in lined pits. Until we can move away from coal towards more renewable energy sources, we must protect our drinking water from the toxic impacts of coal ash. By no means am I a farming expert, but perhaps we look at legislation to encourage more regenerative or restorative agriculture in Georgia. Farmers can achieve multiple benefits: for example, healthy soils absorb more water during heavy rains, which reduces runoff, and offer better resilience during periods of drought because the land holds more water. With Georgias flooding, it seems like this strategy could be beneficial. Healthy soils can help farmers increase yields, increase yield stability and be more productive in the long term. Additionally, these practices capture atmospheric carbon and put it back into the earth, helping us fight further climate change consequences. We need to invest in more innovative land planning solutions that will increase public transit and affordable housing options in the cities and suburbs, while protecting Georgias farmland.
Sheila Jones D 53
Lyndsey Rudder R 54
Betsy Holland D 54
Marie Metze D 55
Mesha Mainor D 56
Stacey Evans D 57
Park Cannon D 58 Pilot programs, critical care funding, community health partnerships, and legislation to address working family issues. Intentional mentorships and job placement programs, funding for school tuition, mutual aid meet ups, fiscal appropriation from state, city, county, and federal resources. Community policing is not broken, it is just not perfected. We want peace centers and de escalation policies that improve peoples interactions with the roles of law enforcement. We added money to the state budget now we need more funding for abstractors and scholarships or tuition reimbursement for service in black and brown communitites. This issue is very near and dear to my personal and political work. Abortion needs to remain legal as well. Doulas and community health workers need benefits. Yes. Our legislation last year didnt go far enough. We need to address PFAS in non first responder settings too. Luckily as the NCEL Georgia lead, I am getting prepped on this issue and listening to my colleagues on the coast for the best bi partisan solutions. Respect for the scientists and institutions, tuition reimbursement, internships. Reproductive justice, fibroids, and environmental toxins. Inclement weather policies should protect businesses as well as those experiencing homelessness. Georgia has a long way to go with this. GaDOT could help. Listening to the environmental orgs, groups like the audobon society, riverkeepers etc to bring that perspective to the urban planning debates found in conversations on mass public transit and affordable housing production.
David Dreyer D 59
Kim Schofield D 60
Roger Bruce D 61
William Boddie Jr D 62
David Callahan R 63
Debra Bazemore D 63
Derrick L Jackson D 64
Mandisha Thomas D 65
Jason Jones R 66
Kimberly Alexander D 66
Micah Gravley R 67
Angela Mayfield D 67
J Collins R 68
Randy Nix R 69
Herbert Giles D 69 If elected to office I promise to to do every thing within my power to bring health care to all Georgians. I plan to live my life as an example for others. I believe if every one wore a mask when in proximity too others, kept social distancing and avoided crowds we could eliminate the spread of this global pandemic. As of today the world still has 290,000 new cases a day, the US has 42,500 of them, Georgia has 2283 new cases yesterday. We are number four or five every day of new US cases. Nearly a million people have died despite all of our precautions. If people can not work we need to give them a living allowance until this blows over. This would keep people living in their homes and off the streets and stimulate the economy till things get back to normal. That is a very easy question for me to answer. I know because I have a Masters in Psychology. After I graduated I could not get a job in my field because there were not enough to go around. We need more trained professionals in the field to handle situations where people have mental health issues. To often police who are not trained to recognize these problems resort to unwarranted violence. Training for police should also be increased. The sad fact is that most have little training and learning on the job is a poor second to training. Well this is a sad state of affairs. Georgia should take this opportunity to totally reverse this abomination. We should try to become the opposite by any means necessary. It is one thing to be average but when we find we are last we should put all our resources to become the best. Water has been a personal issue for me for many years. I have always tried to use filtered water for my family. I am horrified for places like Detroit. I promise to do my best in seeing that all Georgians have access to clean water, free of toxic substances like PFAS. This is a World wide issue. I am totally for working on Climate Change issues. There is a saying you are what you eat. Unfortunately GA residents living on the coastline probably need to rethink their living arrangements or pay a price. Every thing we can. Self driving Car preparations, Nano technology, Evacuated Tube Transport Again a World wide issue. Again I am totally for working to reduce and end climate change from man made causes. And again farmers must learn to adapt at a local level. www.thevenusproject.com this is an example of an answer already out there. There are other examples.
Lynn Smith R 70
Philip Singleton R 71
Jill Prouty D 71
Josh Bonner R 72
Fred Rovner D 72
Karen Mathiak R 73
William Harris D 73
Yasmin Neal D 74
Mike Glanton D 75
Sandra Givens Scott D 76
Rhonda Burnough D 77
Demetrius Douglas D 78
Andrea Johnson R 79
Michael Wilensky D 79
Alan Cole R 80
Matthew Wilson D 80
Scott Holcomb D 81
Mary Margaret Oliver D 82
Becky Evans D 83
Renitta Shannon D 84
Karla Drenner D 85
Andrew Bell I 85
Zulma Lopez D 86
Viola Davis D 87
Billy Mitchell D 88
Bee Nguyen D 89
Pam Stephenson D 90
Rhonda Taylor D 91
Doreen Carter D 92
Hubert Owens Jr R 93
Dar'shun Kendrick D 93
Karen Bennett D 94
Erica McCurdy R 95
Beth Moore D 95
Pedro "Pete" Marin D 96
Bonnie Rich R 97
Mary Blackmon Campbell D 97
David Clark R 98
Taeho Cho D 98
Marvin Lim D 99 Living in a district that is overwhelming minorities and immigrants like myself, and where over 2 in 5 people don't have health insurance, despite most adults in this group working, which at one point also characterized me, I will continue to push more equitable access to healthcare. e.g., expansion of Medicaid, expansion of licensing and dismantling of various types of healthcare monopolies. Beyond that, I will continue pushing in other areas that very much impact these health inequities, environmental inequities. e.g., air quality in communities like HD 99, mold, economic policy e.g., agricultural policies leading to food insecurity, among other things. Above all, we need not to think so shortsightedly, sacrificing long term life and livelihood for (perceived, if illusory) short term benefit, something experienced by many in HD 99, where COVID19 rates have consistently been among the highest in no small part because many minorities here work in critical industries (e.g., food services, etc.). In the context of COVID19, that means at least three things. First, taking the crisis seriously and accordingly investing in health (and workplace safety) infrastructure to ensure that any Georgians back at work do not inevitably just get sick again, further costing both bodily AND economic health. Second, investing in the safety nets we should have had all along, assistance with housing, utilities, etc., all of which would ensure that people do NOT have to go back to work even when doing so is, again, detrimental to bodily and economic health in the long run. Third, investing in the true backbone of the economy, labor (e.g., ensuring training to re enter a changed workforce) and small businesses (e.g., ensuring that truly small, locally owned, and community centric businesses are supported). These are all areas I've tried to address heretofore (e.g., I visited over 100 small businesses along the Jimmy Carter Blvd corridor to ensure they had information about SBA and CARES Act lending for small businesses). Among 20 original resources I've produced (and translated in various languages) in the course of my campaign, I've created, among others, a (pre COVID19) Community Resources List to ensure people in the community would know where they could turn if they faced problems. A "Be A Good Neighbor, Talk to Your Neighbor" resource that aims to educate people about ordinances, while also getting them to communicate with their neighbors (as well as law enforcement) in 7 languages. And a "Crisis Intervention Phrases" in 3 languages that attempts to foster peaceful resolutions to crises. Furthermore, I've given all of these resources and their translations to the Gwinnett County Police Chief as well as the Precinct Commander who works in my district, code enforcement, and other agencies. I have also been working, through both open records requests and analysis of data, to bring violence interrupter programs to our community. I will attempt to do more of this type of work at the state level, harnessing my previous experience at both the ACLU of Georgia (when I would lobby organizations like the Georgia Chiefs of Police on issues like civil forfeiture) and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Beyond addressing the general problems that affect our entire healthcare system (e.g., lack of access to insurance, lack of access to hospitals in rural areas, as well as in low income or minority communities), we as a society need to devote more resources to treating maternal mortality (again, not the least of which among traditionally marginalized groups, where the maternal mortality rate is even worse). Among other things, this means I will push to ensure that all women have access to the full spectrum of medically backed reproductive services, from education, to prenatal and postnatal care, to contraceptive services to prevent unwanted pregnancies, to abortions that, among other things, are necessary to protect many women with life threatening complications during pregnancy (work I also have previously done while specializing in religious freedom, equal treatment law at the ACLU). I will also push to ensure that we address systemic discrimination within and outside of the healthcare system, all of which contributes to the even worse maternal mortality rate among certain minority groups. Georgia must ensure that, as we have with other chemicals in water, we implement AND enforce standards for PFAS as a contaminant. But, beyond this, we also need to ensure that, (a) on the water supply side, all county and municipal water authorities have the resources to ensure that they can safely filter their waters, and (b) on the demand side, all consumers are educated about their rights, up to and including increased access to testing and reports (beyond their Consumer Confidence Reports), and have recourse long before legal enforcement to make administrative complaints about their water quality. To that point, most recently, I helped someone (who was not in Gwinnett) address a water quality that had gone unaddressed for over a year by the utility, despite previous complaints by her and her neighbors. I helped her find and contact, the county water authority, the public service commission, the county commissioner, the Environmental Protection Division, the EPA, the state attorney general's consumer protection division, and her state legislators. Finally, the problem was corrected, but it shouldn't have taken all of that to get there. Over 10 years ago, before I became an attorney, I worked on this issue while at the NGO CARE, where we were pushing for two general types of strategies to assist socioeconomically underresourced countries with climate change: adaptation and mitigation. With respect to adaptation as it applies here in Georgia, we need to ensure that governmental authorities and private citizens alike have the infrastructures in place both to minimize damage, from robust local emergency preparedness and environmental management, to resources enabling agricultural communities to withstand better events like Hurricane Michael, to resources assisting residents who ultimately wish to leave the coastline. With respect to mitigation, naturally, we need to address climate change, and I certainly will work to push a panoply of policies aimed at doing so, from carbon emission standards to the state itself directly making green investments. We particularly need to ensure that more resources, with respect to both childhood AND adult education in these areas, are going to ALL communities, including communities like mine (where, beyond what I've already mentioned, 1 in 4 households are ones where English proficiency has not yet been achieved). With respect to childhood education, of course, that means addressing inequities in our public schooling, which is a requirement for creating an equitable pipeline of people entering these professions (as well as young adults who, whether people enter these professions or not, have been trained in evidence based approaches and critical analysis). With respect to adult education, that means among other things (and as I said earlier) preparing people for a post COVID19 economy, which, if current trends hold up with respect to which job sectors have actually stayed steady or even grown during COVID19, mean that science, technology, and engineering skills will be even more valued than they already are. But that means additional investments in upskilling, entailing everything from further direct investments in programs like WorkSource Georgia, to expanded tax credits for adult education. Consistent with what I've said so far, they will be, (1) the environment, and particularly, besides climate change, the issue of air quality, (2) the intersection of economic injustice and agriculture or food, healthcare, and other critical sectors (e.g., monopolies that both prevent equitable access to basic goods and evidence based approaches more broadly in those sectors), and (3) pushing an evidence based, public health approach on everything from maternal mortality and reproductive rights, to gun and police violence, to data collection overall (much more of which must be done, on everything from law enforcement behavior to zoning). As Hurricane Michael showed, so much of the battle is working with farmers to ensure that ALL of them take seriously the root cause of this weather i.e., climate change. To me, that means working as much as possible to depoliticize the science and focus on concrete steps they can take to contribute to mitigation. Beyond this, I will also work with farmers, and particularly smaller farmers, on adaptation, which can take the form of everything from additional resources dedicated to sustainable agriculture, to creating and fostering statewide partnerships to ensure that they have adequate markets for their products in good times, to increasing the social safety nets we provide, again particularly to truly smaller and or family owned farms. Urban sprawl and gentrification are inextricable, and are issues I've already tried to help my community address, most recently in fights against large, out of state developers in both commercial and residential areas alike that are not truly community invested, and whose initiatives will only make living conditions here worse. Ultimately, addressing urban sprawl means fostering planning and development that serves the community, on the business front, that means businesses that are locally owned, employ people who live locally, AND OR provide goods and services for the community who live there, certainly as opposed to harming that community. On this front, there are a number of different policies I wish to push at the state level (e.g., encouraging or mandating zoning for locally owned businesses, encouraging or mandating locally sourced labor, transportation, etc.).
Dewey McCalin D 100
Carol Field R 101
Sam Park D 101
Soo Hong R 102
Gregg Kennard D 102
Timothy Barr R 103
Clifton Marshall D 103 I am an advocate of expanding Medicaid by changing the repressive requirements that can give affordable access to healthcare for all populations that are underinsured or uninsured. Stimulating the economy would begin with a mandate requiring masks to be worn to slow the spread of the virus along with the expansion of Medicaid that would create additional jobs in rural, urban, and suburban Georgia. I would create community events that would foster interactions of law enforcement and the community along with targeted seminars that speak to the necessity of mutual respect. Expanding Medicaid would address the prenatal and the importance of a nutritional diet for expectant mothers, thereby reducing maternal mortality and the deaths of pregnant mothers. Yes, GA should follow the lead of science and the recommendations of Emory Science Advocacy Network to adopt a maximum contaminant level of 27ppt to protect Georgians from incurring detrimental health consequences. The provision of more funding to research firms and schools that promote engineering, innovation, research, and diversity could increase the need for more scientists in Georgia as well as provide a higher number of qualified scientists. My top 3 legislative priorities are expanding Medicaid, re establishing the Electric Vehicle Tax Credit and to fully funded the education budget. The creation of more green spaces, parks, and natural preserves to protect the health of urbanites and the wildlife in Georgia would be my response.
Chuck Efstration R 104
Nakita Hemingway D 104
Eric Dierks R 105
Donna McLeod D 105
Brett Harrell R 106
Rebecca Mitchell D 106
Michael McConnell R 107
Shelly Hutchinson D 107
Johnny Crist R 108
Jasmine Clark D 108 First we must increase access to affordable healthcare in Georgia. That starts with expanding Medicaid and closing the coverage gap for so many working Georgians. Health inequities are largely correlated with healthcare access, so this is the first step in achieving that goal. The key word in this question is "safely". It is not enough to just ask everyone to go back to work while ignoring a pandemic virus spreading through the community. It is counterproductive. Efforts need to be made to significantly reduce community spread while reducing the impact on businesses and the economy. This can be done by universal mask wearing, social distancing protocols, continuing to allow digital options for school aged and college aged individuals, and providing up to date, accurate information about COVID numbers in the community. Accountability. Increasing accountability for officers so that "bad officers" are weeded out. I am also a proponent of banning no knock warrants, banning chokeholds, and deadly force as a last resort. I also am a proponent of getting rid of policies like 287G which promote profiling and make communities less safe. Increased access to healthcare, and following the models of other states and countries that have successfully reduced their maternal mortality. Access to clean drinking water is absolutely necessary for sustaining life, so efforts to reduce toxic substances in the drinking water are paramount. We must acknowledge climate change and take serious steps to mitigate it. Create partnerships with universities and technical schools to encourage students to pursue these careers and to encourage STEM businesses to locate in Georgia (knowing there is a talent pool available). 1) Pay attention to curriculum changes for USG to prevent the watering down of science curriculum 2) Continue to use the science in the decision making process 3) Push for medically accurate sex education in GA I do not have any specific ideas on protecting farmers from unpredictable weather, but I do know we must acknowledge climate change, which contributes to some of the extreme weather events.
Dale Rutledge R 109
Regina Lewis Ward D 109
Clint Crowe R 110
Ebony Carter D 110
El Mahdi Holly D 111
Dave Belton R 112
Sharon Henderson D 113
Tom Kirby R 114
Bruce Williamson R 115
Debbie Reed D 115
Terry England R 116
Houston Gaines R 117
"Mokah" Jasmine Johnson D 117
Spencer Frye D 118
Marcus Wiedower R 119
Jonathan Wallace D 119
Trey Rhodes R 120
Barry Fleming R 121
Jodi Lott R 122
Doris Crutchfield D 122
Mark Newton R 123
Henry "Wayne" Howard D 124
Sheila Clark Nelson D 125
Gloria Frazier D 126
Brian Prince D 127
Mack Jackson D 128
Susan Holmes R 129
Sharonda Bell D 129
Joe Reed I 129 I plan to address health inequities in Georgia by encouraging citizens to have honest conversations which address all of the factors which contribute to the high mortality rate. Those factors include, but are not limited to, lack of access to doctors, lack of medical insurance, lower paying and more dangerous jobs, less access to nutritious foods, living in less walkable communities, higher rates of obesity, drinking alcohol and smoking. I wear a mask whenever I am around other people, whether I'm teaching my students, shopping or campaigning door to door. I also actively exercise and maintain good health habits to prevent the underlying conditions so common in the lives of many COVID19 victims. I will continue to encourage these behaviors in my community. If all Georgians practiced these simple habits we would be much more likely to be able to safely work and interact with one another. I have had hundreds of conversations on this topic as I knock on doors throughout my district. We must meet face to face to have these discussions using open and honest dialogue. Our law enforcement officials want and would appreciate more training. They also don't deserve or need to be the first call for cases that would be better handled by counselors and social workers. We need to hire more DFACS workers and increase their pay as well as the pay for other first responders. We do need to make certain that all expectant mothers and mothers who have given birth have access to the healthcare they and their families need. We also must address the other causes of maternal mortality including obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, stress and poor diet. Drinking water is an issue especially in rural Georgia where well water may be the main source and could have been impacted by nearby farming, power plants or industry. I'd like to see simple tests that could be developed to use at home or which could be done at each county's health department to determine if PFAS, lead or other dangerous impurities might be in the drinking water. Many of the homes along the Georgia coastline should not have been built there. There are many beautiful and expensive homes, but Georgians, who don't have the daily access to what is a beautiful setting 99 weeks out of 100, should not have to subsidize those who own these houses or rescue them from their decisions to build in a potentially dangerous place. We are already doing so much in our universities and colleges. These initiatives are already producing great results. Let's see what happens in the next few years before offering additional incentives or beginning new programs. My top three priorities for the 2021 session are: 1. rural internet access which has been sorely missed by those trying to work from home, by students and by those who might have been able to have online medical appointments, 2. a focus on reducing obesity, especially in children, through better nutrition, exercise options and financial incentives in healthcare thereby reducing healthcare costs to treat diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and other ailments exacerbated by obesity, and 3. monitoring our water quality throughout the state to make certain that our lakes, streams and underground sources are as free of dangerous impurities as possible. I believe that farmers have always had to deal with challenging weather situations in the form of tornadoes, droughts, hurricanes and untimely freezing temperatures. We can subsidize some form of crop insurance for certain crops. But what we do is challenging if we attempt to distinguish between large corporate farms and small family operated farms. Discussions with farmers and others in food processing must be a part of the process to determine the severity of the problem and the best ways in which it should be addressed. I'm not convinced that urban and suburban sprawl is a bad thing. Throughout much of the northeastern United States one town frequently blends into the next. I definitely support transit options but people have a right to live where it makes sense for them financially and for access to jobs. Many are being priced out of city neighborhoods. Boulder, CO, is an example of a community which attempted to address this concern by buying large tracts of land to protect wildlife and improve the quality of life for their citizens. What they did, intentionally or not, was drive up prices of property and homes to such an extent that the poorest citizens had to move far away from their jobs thus adding long, stressful commutes to their days and less time to spend with their families and to enjoy healthy exercise.
David Knight R 130
Sheila Henley D 130
Beth Camp R 131
Chris Benton D 131
David Jenkins R 132
Bob Trammell Jr D 132
Vance Smith Jr R 133
Richard Smith R 134
Carl Sprayberry D 134
Calvin Smyre D 135
Carolyn Hugley D 136
Debbie Buckner D 137
Mike Cheokas R 138
Marc Arnett D 138
Patty Bentley D 139
Robert Dickey R 140
Dale Wasburn R 141
Miriam Paris D 142
James Beverly D 143
Danny Mathis R 144
Mary Whipple Lue D 144
Ricky "Rick" Williams R 145
Quentin Howell D 145
Shaw Blackmon R 146
Heath Clark R 147
Stephen Baughier D 147
Noel Williams Jr R 148
Regina Awung D 148
Robert Pruitt R 149
Matt Hatchett R 150
Gerald Greene R 151
Joyce Barlow D 151
Bill Yearta R 152
Camia Whitaker Hopson D 153
Winfred Dukes D 154
Clay Pirkle R 155
Lethia Jones Kittrell D 155
Greg Morris R 156
William "Bill" Werkheiser R 157
Butch Parrish R 158
Ann Gleason D 158
Jon Burns R 159
Jan Tankersley R 160
Bill Hitchens R 161
Carl Wayne Gilliard D 162
Derek Mallow D 163
Ron Stephens R 164
Marcus Thompson D 164
Mickey Stephens D 165
Jesse Petrea R 166
Michael Mack D 166
Al Williams D 168
Dominic Lariccia R 169
Michael "Buckle" Moore D 169
Penny Houston R 170
Andre Oliver D 170
Joe Campbell R 171
Sam Watson R 172
Darlene Taylor R 173
Booker Gainor D 173
John Corbett R 174
John Lahood R 175
James Burchett R 176
Evans Primus Jr D 176
Dexter Sharper D 177
Steven Meeks R 178
Don Hogan R 179
Julie Jordan D 179
Steven Sainz R 180
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