Previous elective offices held: State legislator since 2010.
Other community service: Since leaving active duty in 2004, I have been representing veterans and their family members on a pro bono basis. I have also served on the State Bar of Georgia Military Legal Assistance Program Committee since 2008 and the Suicide Prevention and Awareness Committee since 2013.
I was previously an advisor to the Northlake Community Alliance and I have served on several boards including the Georgia Perimeter College Foundation and HOPE Atlanta, a non-profit that is working to end homelessness.
Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position?
A: I work hard and I get things done. I have built bipartisan coalitions to tackle big problems. For example, I passed three major reform bills for DeKalb County that improved ethics, instituted an independent auditor, and made procurement more transparent. I authored legislation to improve DeKalb’s governance and to move away from a CEO to a chair/professional county manager model. Finally, I passed legislation that requires the timely processing of untested rape kits in Georgia. If re-elected, I will continue to lead the charge for reform and will continue working on the issue of sexual violence against women.
Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue?
A: I’ve spent a lot of time speaking with my constituents and there’s no single issue. They are concerned about healthcare, education, jobs, and public safety. They want the government to run effectively and efficiently. I’ve been a leader on all of these issues at the Capitol. I do my homework, actively listen and seek input, and vote for what I think is best for our district and the state. I fight for transparency every step of the way so voters can make informed decisions. I build coalitions and get things done.