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The Upcoming Election: A Voter’s Guide

The Upcoming Election: A Voter’s Guide


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On November 6, 2018, we have the opportunity here in Georgia to make tremendous changes to our local, state, and the federal government. All voters across the State will be able to vote for options for Governor and other statewide offices, Congress, State House, and Senate seats, and in some places, local county commission and school board seats.

Based on research and discussion with many of these candidates, the following is a list of vote recommendations for the Atlanta Muslim community. Use this list below to mark your candidates on your sample ballot which can be found on www.mvp.sos.ga.gov.

Statewide Candidates
Every voter this year will have the opportunity to vote for these statewide candidates

Governor
Stacey Abrams
Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, has been an outspoken advocate for immigrants and communities of color. She has been a longtime advocate for issues important to low-income families including Medicaid expansion and more affordable access to health care, public education for all, and access to opportunities for all people regardless of immigration status.

Lieutenant Governor
Sarah Riggs Amico
Sarah Riggs Amico is a business owner and an Evangelical Christian. She understands the needs of business owners across Georgia, and the importance of investing in growing communities. She supports Stacey Abrams’s platform of expanding health care access, public education, and opportunity for all.

Secretary of State
John Barrow
John Barrow is a former United States Congressman from the 12th District. He wants to protect the right to vote, make it easier to do business and create jobs, protect seniors from financial predators, and prevent professional fraud.

Attorney General
Charlie Bailey
Charlie Bailey is a public servant and has previously served as a Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Fulton County District Attorney’s office. Charlie will take his experience fighting for regular people, and against crime, corruption, and consumer fraud, to the Attorney General’s office.

Commissioner of Agriculture
Fred Swann
Fred Swann is a Middle Georgia native and someone who understands the issues that many Georgians face. Fred hopes to work towards policies and programs that support the most vulnerable Georgia communities by protecting small family farms, end food insecurity, protect the rights of workers, and encourage diversity in farming.

Commissioner of Insurance
Janice Laws
Janice Laws is a veteran of the insurance industry and understands how important it is to stand up for Georgia families. Janice will advocate for caps on premium increases for health insurance rates, lower surcharges for accident and claims on car insurance rates, and ensure fair underwriting practices or homeowners.

State School Superintendent
Otha Thornton
Otha Thornton is a public servant who has served in the United States Army, worked with the White House, US Department of Education, and Congress. He was the first African American male President of the National Parent Teacher Association and understands the importance of investing in public education. He hopes to provide essential resources to every Georgia student in the form of wraparound services for schools that need them the most.

Commissioner of Labor
Richard Keatley
Richard Keatley grew up in a union family and had a strong appreciation for unions and workers rights. He taught at Georgia State University for fifteen years and is now running to make sure that Georgia is investing in people as we continue to invest in business. He plans to expand career training centers, provide opportunities for our veterans, fight workplace discrimination, support infrastructure development, and stop wage theft and misclassification.

Public Service Commissioner (Metro Atlanta - District 3)
Lindy Miller
Lindy Miller is a mom, a businesswoman, and a fighter. Lindy began her business career at Deloitte, where she spent over 15 years working with leaders to create jobs and address complex problems. Lindy also co-founded a renewable energy company to give more energy choices to schools, small businesses, and non-profits in Georgia. As your next Public Service Commissioner, she will fight to lower your utility bills, create better jobs, and invest in infrastructure and our future.

Public Service Commissioner (Western GA - District 5)
Dawn Randolph
Dawn Randolph is a public servant who has a passion for serving others. Over the past 30 years, Dawn has been assisting statewide non-profits and associations advocating for consumer protection, access to health care and open government. Dawn plans to work towards providing more reliable and safer services to Georgia families, affordable and fair utilities, and building towards a more sustainable future.

Congressional Candidates
Every voter this year will have the opportunity to vote for their Congressional Representative, based on their district. To find out which district you live in, use this link. Below are the competitive races around Metro Atlanta.

United States Representative from the 6th District
North Fulton, East Cobb, Dunwoody, Chamblee, Doraville area
Lucy McBath
Lucy McBath is a businesswoman and an activist who got involved in gun safety reform advocacy after her son was shot and killed in Florida. She will fight for reforms around gun safety, as well as healthcare, education, and immigration.

United States Representative from the 7th District
Most of Gwinnett County, and parts of Forsyth County
Carolyn Bourdeaux
Carolyn Bourdeaux is a daughter of teachers and a professor at Georgia State University. She will fight in Congress for more affordable health care options for all people, enriching public education, and thoughtful immigration reform.

State Senate
Every voter this year will have the opportunity to vote for their State Senator, based on their district. To find out which State Senate district you live in, use this link. Below are the competitive races around Metro Atlanta.

State Senator from the 6th District
Senator Jen Jordan

State Senator from the 9th District
Cheryle Moses

State Senator from the 21st District
Nicole Nash

State Senate from the 32nd District
Christine Triebsch

State Senator from the 40th District
Sally Harrell

State Senator from the 45th District
Jana Rodgers

State Senator from the 48th District
Zahra Karinshak

State Senator from the 55th District
Senator Gloria Butler

State Senator from the 56th District
Ellyn Jeager

State House
Every voter this year will have the opportunity to vote for their State House Representative, based on their district. To find out which State House district you live in, use this link. Below are the competitive races around Metro Atlanta.

State House Representative from the 30th District
Alana Watkins

State House Representative from the 36th District
Jennifer Slipakoff

State House Representative from the 37th District
Mary Frances Williams

State House Representative from the 40th District
Erick Allen

State House Representative from the 43rd District
Luisa Wakeman

State House Representative from the 44th District
Chinita Allen

State House Representative from the 45th District
Essence Johnson

State House Representative from the 46th District
Karin Lopez Sandiford

State House Representative from the 48th District
Mary Robichaux

State House Representative from the 49th District
Krishan Bralley

State House Representative from the 50th District
Angelika Kausche

State House Representative from the 51st District
Josh McLaurin

State House Representative from the 52nd District
Shea Roberts

State House Representative from the 54th District
Betsy Holland

State House Representative from the 79th District
Mike Wilensky

State House Representative from the 80th District
Mathew Wilson

State House Representative from the 81st District
State Representative Scott Holcomb

State House Representative from the 95th District
Beth Moore

State House Representative from the 97th District
Aisha Yaqoob

State House Representative from the 101st District
State Representative Sam Park

State House Representative from the 102nd District
Gregg Kennard

State House Representative from the 104th District
Andrea Stephenson

State House Representative from the 105th District
Donna McLeod

State House Representative from the 106th District
Write-In Emily Leslie

State House Representative from the 107th District
Shelly Hutchinson

State House Representative from the 108th District
Jasmine Clark

State House Representative from the 109th District
Regina Lewis-Ward

Local Races in Gwinnett

Solicitor General of Gwinnett County
Brian Whiteside

Gwinnett County Commission District 2
Ben Ku

Gwinnett County Commission District 4
Marlene Fosque

Gwinnett County School Board District 2
Wandy Taylor

Gwinnett County School Board District 4
Everton Blair

Proposed Constitutional Amendments
Note: if you feel uncomfortable or unsure voting on any of the amendments below, it is always recommended that you vote “No”. The below are recommendations based on advice from experts and trusted community organizations.

1. Creates the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Trust Fund to protect water quality, wildlife habitat, and parks.
Vote YES! This will support environmental conservation efforts.

2. Creates a state-wide business court to lower costs, enhance efficiency, and promote predictable judicial outcomes.
Vote NO! These judges would not be elected by the people and could lead to corruption and abuse.

3. Encourages the conservation, sustainability, and longevity of Georgia’s working forests through tax subclassification and grants.
Vote YES! This will preserve our forests and save trees.

4. Provides rights for victims of crime in the judicial process.
Vote NO! Much of this can be accomplished without the constitutional amendment, and it would affect due process rights of the accused.

5. Authorizes fair allocation of sales tax proceeds to county and city school districts.
Vote YES! This would allow local city and county school districts to call for an E-SPLOST tax to fund education in the city or county.

Proposed Statewide Referenda
1. Provides for a homestead exemption for residents of certain municipal corporations.
Vote NO! This will allow the state government to control a municipality's ability to tax without adjusting the tax digest.

2. Provides a tax exemption for certain homes for the mentally disabled.
Vote YES! This will allow tax exemption for non-profit homes for people with developmental disabilities, as well as allow for tax exemption for companies that construct or finance these homes.

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