25 Jan Campaign Kickoff 2020
As many of you know, I was inspired to run for Georgia House District 71 last Fall during the Special Election to fill the seat vacated by David Stover because I felt a calling to improve access to mental health care. While the outcome of the Special Election was not what we’d hoped for, I made a commitment to run again in 2020. And boy am I glad I did!
The 2020 Legislative Session is off to a disappointing start with Gov. Brian Kemp’s mandated budget cuts. These cuts are going to be especially painful for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities since approximately $1.2 billion of its total $1.4 billion budget comes from the state.
The agency has said cuts to dozens of community service boards would limit their ability to meet a growing demand for mental health services and increase the risk for “impacting increased suicidality, substance use disorders and demands on crisis services,” according to the agency’s budget documents. The core services administered by local community service boards aim to stave off costly hospital stays for mentally ill people. Pathways CSB provides services for Coweta County residents (McIntosh Trail CBS covers Fayette County). I’m deeply concerned about the funding for Pathways new Care Campus.
Meanwhile, Georgia continues to foolishly spend taxpayer dollars defending a proposed abortion ban that clearly violates Roe v. Wade. And they aren’t even serious about it. The language in HB481 allows parents, once a heartbeat is detected, to claim an embryo on their taxes as a dependent. Exactly how is that supposed to work? Think about that for a minute.
Back to House District 71. Our new representative, Philip Singleton, has priorities this legislative session. He is the author of HB747, the “Student Athlete Protection Act.” HB747 would prohibit athletic organizations from using public fields if they allow biological males to compete in sports that are designated as “exclusively female” or biological females to compete in sports that are designated as “exclusively male.” Where in Georgia has this been an issue? Nowhere. A solution in search of a problem.
Singleton has also said he is working with other legislators on an anti-red flag law that would stop the laws from taking effect in Georgia if a federal red flag law were to pass. Red flag laws, also known as “extreme risk protection orders” or “gun violence restraining orders,” give family members and/or law enforcement the ability to petition a court to temporarily take weapons away from someone who they think is a danger to themselves or others. If guns aren’t the problem, but people are, why wouldn’t we want to remove guns from people deemed to be a danger to themselves or others? Here again, they can’t be serious.
On Tuesday, January 28, at 7 p.m., I will kick-off my 2020 campaign for Georgia HD 71 at Line Creek Brewing in Peachtree City. A $25 donation will get you a delicious Jersey Mike’s sub and one craft beer – and access to a whole lot of fun! If you think a Democrat can’t win in Coweta/Fayette, think again. Only 5.5% of registered voters put Rep. Singleton in office and I received the majority of votes in the three Peachtree City precincts; but, I’m going to need your help! HD 71 deserves better representation! RSVP for Jan. 28th Kickoff Event