Jill is an advocate for issues related to mental health and suicide prevention. She knows firsthand the struggle families face when a loved one suffers from mental illness because her mother experienced numerous depressive episodes and in 2003 took her own life. Jill says Coweta and Fayette counties desperately need in-patient mental health services because overcrowded local emergency rooms are poorly equipped to handle the needs of patients facing a mental health crisis. If elected, Jill pledges to work toward reforms of the Certificate of Need (CON) process which has prevented the construction of new in-patient beds for mental health services in the local area.
As part owner of a Jersey Mike’s franchise, Jill knows what it’s like to be a small business owner facing difficult decisions during changing economic conditions. She believes investing in employees is a key component for retention in a saturated job market. This means offering health benefits, but many employees cannot afford to pay their portion. Nobody should have to choose between feeding their families or providing them with health coverage. Jill supports Medicaid expansion to help offset the rising costs of healthcare and reduce the costs of uncompensated care. The state will have roughly a $27 billion budget. In Fiscal Year 2020, the net cost of covering a half million Georgians will be less than $150 million. Georgia has the money. It’s about priorities.
Jill is dedicated to protecting a woman’s right to reproductive freedom for the exercise of her medical decisions. She opposes House Bill 481, Georgia’s six-week abortion ban passed in 2019 and now facing a court challenge. According to the CDC, abortion rates in the U.S. are at a historic low across all age groups. Jill believes banning abortion will not stop abortions, but will make the procedure more dangerous for women. Jill trusts women to make their own decisions, in consultation with their doctors, about their own bodies. Preserving reproductive freedom is important for all women.
Jill is the mother of two teenage boys and a professional librarian. She values lifelong learning – from birth to grave. She believes the focus on high-stakes standardized testing, behavior issues in the classroom, and recent safety concerns are creating a stressful climate in our schools. Jill wants to restore the joy of learning for students. She sees communities, with the support of the state department of education, being the catalyst to changing the culture. Jill believes providing a supportive work environment and better pay will enable local schools to recruit better teachers and administrators.
Jill commutes to work via Fischer Road and Hwy. 34 into Peachtree City and appreciates the need for better traffic flow along the major corridors in Coweta County. She is excited by the economic growth in East Coweta, but wants to balance that growth with preserving the rural character that people in our county love. The air we breathe and the water we drink are affected by development. Jill believes it is possible to strike a balance and is committed to working collaboratively with both counties and Georgia DOT to identify solutions.