FAMILY: Wife, Melaney; two daughters, Madeline (7) and Vera (5)
OCCUPATION: Physician assistant; specialties: family practice and emergency medicine; employers: Peds & Parents LLC and Georgia Emergency Associates P.C.
EDUCATION: University of Georgia, 1997, BSEd, Sports Medicine; South University, 2001, BSPA. Professional Degree, Physician Assistant; University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2005, Masters in Physician Assistant Studies-Emergency Medicine
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Elected to the General Assembly in 2010 as State Representative for the 180th House District. Currently serves on three committees in the State House: Games, Fish and Parks, Special Rules, Children and Youth.
"I volunteered as a conservative political activist for 3 years prior to being elected."
WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?
- "Jobs: Southeast and Coastal Georgia have a great opportunity to market our assets to national and international markets. As someone who is committed in helping to push for a third coastal port in Georgia, I believe it is important to present this concept to interested parties across the state, country and to international markets. I believe a third coastal port for Georgia can come to a reality and will ultimately lead to good paying jobs for Southeast Georgia.
- "Invest in Georgia's Technical Education System: Many students are steered toward getting a college degree; however, not every student is cut out to go to college. Georgia spends about 3.5% of its total education budget on technical education. I am committed to advocating that Georgia put more of our education dollars into bolstering our technical education system. Georgia has manufacturing and skilled labor positions all throughout this state that are going unfilled because we don't have the skilled labor to fill them. I want to change that. Employers are looking outside the state to fill these positions. I want to give Georgians these jobs, and we must be committed to training people to fill them. Investing more dollars into our technical system will attract more industry to this part of the state. Also, bringing a technical division to Camden County will serve to train students from the Charlton-Camden area. Finally, investing more dollars into our technical system will improve and maintain existing technical systems like Okefenokee Tech in Waycross, Ga."
- "Preserve Constitutionally Limited Government: Now more than ever, it is important that government stays within the confines of its governing documents. I am committed to limiting the size of government as directed by the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Georgia. It is important that we keep taxes low, limit the growth of government, keep free markets free, and maintain fiscal responsibility so spending is targeted at priorities and core functions of government. In order to achieve a restrained and efficient government, government must be kept within the confines our governing documents in order to serve the citizens and preserve their constitutional rights."
HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN HELP VOTERS IN A WAY OTHERS IN THIS RACE CAN'T?
- "I have 2 years of experience of navigating through the state bureaucracy. It is important to “learn the lay of the land” in Atlanta because this is helpful in serving your constituents when they are having problems with various issues that state government has to address. I have established relationships within state government and making those connections serves constituents well. Experience matters and that is what I bring to the voter for consideration. In addition, I bring a firm understanding of how a constitutionally limited government should work on behalf of the citizens and not the special interest groups."
WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?
- "The one thing I would like for voters to remember about my service in office is that I always put the interest of my community first despite the pressures from special interest groups. Also, I want the voters to remember that I have made a commitment to keep them informed about their state government and I have worked hard to earn their trust. Keeping the citizens informed about their state government is very important to preserving liberty, freedom and the rights we enjoy as Georgians."