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9 State House districts run in Primary races

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The primary races for State House seats include multi-decade veteran politicians against those who have never held public office. The newly drawn district maps also forced candidates to knock on doors across four counties.

In District 81, Republicans Chris Boedeker and Carla Roberts are campaigning against each other in the July primary, both vying to replace incumbent Democrat Scott Holcomb. Boedeker wants to tackle ethics reform while being a "servant-leader guided by conservative principles." Roberts could not be reached for comment.

In District 93, three Democrats face off in the primary, ready to run against Republican Christine "Tina" Hoffer in November. Incumbent Dar'shun N. Kendrick battles to keep her seat at the State House. According to Kendrick, her leadership, experience and service for her constituents make her stand out against other candidates. Dexter Dawston believes that the people are more important than the Democratic agenda, while Glen Williams will keep an "open and objective mind when working with others" when in office.

In District 94, four Democrats are running against each other: Karen Bennett, Patricia Bourdeau, Tony Lentini and Jaye Lynn Peabody. Lentini has ran for State House twice before, but for District 106. He would like to address the foreclosure problems. Peabody would like to help with constituent services, which includes "helping residents with navigating the maze that is state government and ensuring that their needs are met." Bennett and Bourdeau could not be reached for comment.

In District 96, Mark Gorman and Mark Williams of the Republican party square off. Gorman believes "being able to work with both parties to reach a solution that is the best for the constituents is very important." Williams on the other hand wants to "(get) control of our government, instead of it controlling us." The winner of the primary will run against incumbent Democrat Pedro "Pete" Marin.

In the District 97 race, incumbent Brooks Coleman, a retired educator, faces Robert J. McClure, a law student (not related to the Gwinnett School Board member of the same name). Coleman said his top priority is state education funding, as the sponsor of House Bill 192 that reallocated costs and resources to educate children in Georgia. McClure said his main goal is ethics, and that holding public office should not be a tool to improve a candidate's financial standing or business interests.

In the District 103 race, Timothy Barr squares off against Ken Russell. Barr, a FairTax supporter, said his top priority is to protect freedom and liberty. Barr's main goal is to be proactive regarding economic development, and reduce regulations that "get in the way" of small business.

Russell said he would be proactive with economic development, and work to remove red tape and government regulations that "get in the way" of small businesses.

The District 105 primary pits a pair of Republicans against each other, while two Democrats also face off.

Between the Republicans, Joyce Chandler and Damon Ladd-Thomas, Chandler said strengthening the state's education system is directly tied to its economic future. Student-teacher and counselor-student ratios both must be reduced, Chandler said.

"To secure a bright future for our young people, we must provide greater economic opportunities while also strengthening educational opportunities," she said.

Ladd-Thomas favors the reduction of the size and complexity of state government, and if elected, would work to attract and support businesses that make their home in the district.

"I will also support local small businesses and make sure there are no legislative disadvantages, to keep people doing business locally," he said.

In the race among Democrats in the 105th, Renita Hamilton competes against Rashid Malik.

Hamilton said her priorities are job creation, education, child support reform, and assisting small businesses.

"Jobs can be created through education, training, and programs that help Gwinnettians obtain the skills needed to excel in the industry of choice," Hamilton said.

Malik could not be reached for comment.

Incumbent Tom Kirby faces Rodney Upton in the District 114 race, which includes portions of Barrow, Rockdale, Gwinnett and Walton counties. Kirby, who labels himself a "conservative Constitutionalist," said if elected, his top goal would be to reintroduce the Government Accountability Act, which was passed in the last session, but was vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal because it would reportedly cost $3 million to $7 million. That bill was to establish legislative review committees to look at every state agency and executive appointment that receives money from the state.

Upton said job growth is one of his top concerns, and added that business owners understand that government growth hinders business growth.

In another district, 117, divided between four counties, it's incumbent Doug McKillip versus Regina Quick, who are both attorneys.

McKillip switched parties shortly after being elected as a Democrat in 2010.

The new 117 covers Barrow, Athens-Clarke, Jackson and Oconee counties. McKillip sponsored House Bill 954, which was originally proposed to cut by about six weeks the time frame women may have an elective abortion. The Senate's changes to the bill added an exemption for "medically futile" pregnancies, which gave doctors the option to perform an abortion after 20 weeks because of congenital or chromosomal defects.

McKillip's website said the "historic and ground-breaking pro-life bill put an end to so-called 'convenience abortions' occurring after the 20th week of life."

Quick's website said she serves on the executive committee of the Clarke County Republican Party, and was elected a GOP National Convention Delegate in 2008. Quick's web site also said her priorities are property tax and ethics reform, and a legislation for a 60 percent super majority to raise taxes at state local levels.

McKillip also favors property tax reform, and the end of corporate income and inventory taxes.

State house candidates’ bios

District 81

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Chris Boedeker

Chris Boedeker

• Party: Republican

• Age: 31

• Education: North Gwinnett High School; bachelor’s degrees in economics and sociology from University of Georgia

• Occupation: Attorney

• Political Experience: None

• Family: Wife Jessica; one daughter and a son on the way

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

I believe that we must restore the free-market principles of limited government and individual responsibility to Georgia’s state government. Having grown up in Georgia and being active in my community, I have watched over the years as our state representatives have used public office to pursue their own self-interest. What we need now is a servant-leader, guided by conservative principles.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

Ethics reform is an important issue for the voters I have met with in House District 81. I believe that we can achieve sustained ethics reform by increasing the accountability of elected officials and lobbyists through meaningful penalties, and by the developing a system for top to bottom transparency.

What sets you apart from your competitor?

I do not believe that government serves as an engine for economic growth. This is the failed policy of the Obama administration. I believe government can best serve our economy by reducing regulations that impede private business growth — the true economic development engine for our state.

Carla Roberts

• Party: Republican

• Age: 50

• Education: Medical College of Georgia and Emory University

• Occupation: Physician

• Family: Husband Al; daughter, Cally

Candidate did not respond.

District 93

Dexter Dawston

• Party: Democrat

• Age: 40

• Education: Bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of South Florida

• Occupation: Truck driver

• Political Experience: None

• Family: Wife Ruth; son and daughter

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

My philosophy is listen to the people. Then, if I listen to the people, it will help me with their needs and wants in Georgia.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

I want to create jobs through entrepreneurship and help get their own jobs started. I also want to help with foreclosures and creating benefits for Georgia veterans.

What sets you apart from your competitor(s)?

This is an easy one. I think I’m the only one who has true unique ideas. I’m more concerned about the people, not the party. It’s more about the people and their needs that need to be met, not the party and what the needs of the party need to be met.

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Dar’shun N. Kendrick

Dar’shun N. Kendrick (i)

• Party: Democrat

• Age: 29

• Education: Bachelor’s degrees in political science and communications from Oglethorpe University; Juris doctorate from University of Georgia and a master’s in business administration from Kennesaw State University

• Occupation: Attorney

• Political Experience: State Representative from House District 94

• Family: Single

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

My philosophy in general is that leadership is about service; service to my community, colleagues, constituents and those around me. ... There can be no leadership without service. I have dedicated my life to public service and it has driven the way I run my legislative office. Nothing matters to me more than constituent services and constituents come first, no matter what I am doing while serving on Capitol Hill.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

Jobs and economic growth for which I proposed a bill last session to help with this. The second issue is foreclosure reform for which I proposed a bill.

What sets you apart from your competitor(s)?

I’m not new to politics. Since the age of 18 I knew that public service was where I wanted to serve and dedicate my life to. I am the incumbent, representing 58,000 Georgians from DeKalb and Rockdale county well in the General Assembly during the 2011 and 2012 sessions. I am young (compared to most in the General Assembly) and the second youngest member of the Georgia General Assembly and although some see that as a lack of experience, I believe I have accomplished a lot more than individuals my age, so imagine what I could do this next decade based on what I have done the last decade of my life.

Glen Williams

• Party: Democrat

• Age: 44

• Education: Indiana University

• Occupation: IT Consultant

• Political Experience: None

• Family: Wife Lisa; 15-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

I would not necessarily call it a political philosophy but what has made me successful collaborating with others in getting the job done is my being able to have an open and objective mind when working with others and if you show respect you will get respect.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

One of my initiatives is to spur economic development along Ga. Highway 124 from Snellville into Lithonia by working with the Gwinnett, DeKalb and State Chamber of Commerce by seeking those businesses that best suits the land use for the commercial corridor

What sets you apart from your competitor(s)?

I am the only candidate that actually has been active in the Snellville and Loganville area for over a decade working with the local schools, clergy, HOA’s and business owners for the betterment of our community. That is why when the newly created House District 93 was formed I saw an opportunity to take what I have been doing for the past decade as a community organizer to the states highest level and serve the community as a true representative.

District 94

Karen Bennett

• Party: Democrat

• Age: 56

• Education: Bachelor’s degree from Howard University; master’s degree from Georgia State University and master’s of divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University

• Occupation: Small business owner

• Political experience: DeKalb Commission Zoning and Land Use Committee; DeKalb Board of Commissioner’s Revenue Enhancement Committee

• Family: Husband Leroy; two adult children, Jabari and Asha

Candidate did not respond.

Patricia Bourdeau

• Party: Democrat

• Age: 38

• Occupation: Teacher

Candidate did not respond.

Tony Lentini

• Party: Democrat

• Age: 47

• Education: Bachelor’s degree in business, Oglethorpe University, 1987; master’s degree in education, Georgia State University, 1992

• Occupation: Works in finance at Yellow Pages

• Political experience: Two-time Democratic candidate House District 106

• Family: Spouse Wife Patricia; twin sons Frank and Brian, 16

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

My political philosophy is to try to help others and to treat them equally. I feel that I can get along with just about anyone and am genuinely concerned about their problems and concerns. I feel my work with the yellow pages has helped me in this dealing with all types of customers and working with them on their businesses.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

Foreclosures; it is tearing our communities and neighborhoods apart. It is destroying also families, and has become a socioeconomic crisis. Also it is eroding out tax base and not allowing us to offer good services and schools. There needs to be laws passed to help those who need help and are willing to work on their mortgages. The laws are stacked against the consumer.

What sets you apart from your competitor(s)?

I am a native Atlantan and have lived all of my 47 years in DeKalb and Gwinnett. I guess I am a local product. I was educated in DeKalb, live now in Gwinnett and my wife and myself both work in DeKalb. Having worked at AT&T Yellow Pages for 23 years I see the first hand struggling of our small business owners in the area also. I have studied and been involved in the Georgia legislature since I was a teen. I first paged at age 10 for then Senator Pierre Howard. Also I have a good relationship with several of the current legislators.

Jaye Lynn Peabody

• Party: Democrat

• Age: 39

• Education: Bachelor’s degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey, 1995; master’s degree in public administration from New York University, 1998; master’s degree of divinity from Mercer University, 2011; master’s degree of arts from Mercer University, 2011

• Occupation: Executive director and counselor, Covenant Counseling & Family Resource Center in Snellville

• Political Experience: None

• Family: Children Adrian, 19, Kendall, 11, Jaden, 9, Maya, 5

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

This campaign is not about a personal political ideology. I strongly believe that public servants have the opportunity and more importantly the responsibility to provide help, assistance and guidance to those who need it, whether it is advocating for teachers and parents to ensure that our students educational needs are met, promoting and supporting legislation targeted at providing quality affordable and accessible healthcare particularly for women and children, and working to keep small and large businesses in our community while attracting more businesses and entrepreneurs to come the district. My philosophy is very simple: to serve the needs and interests of my constituents to the very best of my ability.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

First things first: Constituent Services will be my top priority. This includes helping residents with navigating the maze that is state government and ensuring that their needs are met, including housing assistance, education and small business grants.

What sets you apart from your competitor(s)?

My experience in both nonprofit management and health care administration has trained me to maximize services while decreasing expenses. Working in the area of maternal and child health for over a decade, serving as a youth pastor at various churches, and currently working as an executive director of a nonprofit counseling center, have allowed me to successfully create programs, that have increased the self-esteem of children and instilled healthy lifestyles. My therapeutic background provides a platform to engage even the toughest challenges while creating a win-win solution for everyday Georgians. My passion for service is reflected in my years of community advocacy.

District 96

Mark Gorman

• Party: Republican

• Age: 25

• Education: Norcross High School, 2005; some college

• Occupation: Self-employed carpenter at Gorman’s Remodeling

• Political Experience: None

• Family: Single

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

Even though I am a republican, I believe it is important that we all work together. Just because I have opinion on an issue does not always mean it is the one you will agree with. Being able to work with both parties to reach a solution that is the best for the constituents is very important to me.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

Ethics has become a big problem in Georgia politics, and I want to help change that. When elected I am going to fight for better funding for the ethics commission, so they can enforce the rules already in place. The ethics commission has a very limited amount of funding and a small staff for the whole state of Georgia. If we could give them the tools they need we will see an improvement in Georgia ethics.

What sets you apart from your competitor(s)?

As an Irish emigrant, I am just trying to live out the American dream. Ever since I came here in 1989, I feel a great respect for America and all that it has to offer me. On top of getting involved in politics, I also have been active in many charities in the community. It is my mission to take advantage of all the opportunities I can in America, so I can help preserve its greatness.

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Mark Williams

Mark Williams

• Party: Republican

• Age: 50

• Education: Berkmar High School; Georgia State University

• Occupation: Printer, co-owner of Printing Trade Company

• Political Experience: Chairman for five years of Gwinnett Place CID; former chairman of Gwinnett County Recreation Authority; Gwinnett County Revitalization Task Force

• Family: Three adult children, James, Joshua and Jessica

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office.

We need leadership to rein in our out of control government. The intrusion into our lives has gotten out of control. We need to give more control back to our local jurisdictions, and take away some control from state and federal. I will focus on this philosophy as I study each bill that comes before me in the house.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

Getting control of our government, instead of it controlling us. As Thomas Jefferson said, “A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have.” It’s too big and too powerful.

What sets you apart from your competitor(s)?

I have a strong record of marching to the head of problems, and charging ahead with solutions, not just talking about them. Anyone that knows me, will tell you, “Mark gets things done.” The voters in my district know me. They have seen me working in their community for many years. That sets me apart. I’m not just doing something to show community service for a campaign. My stripes remain the same as before I decided to step up to run for office.

District 97

Brooks Coleman

• Party: Republican

• Age: 72

• Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mercer University;’ Masters Degree from the University of Georgia; Specialist Degree from the University of Georgia; Doctorate of Philosophy from Georgia State University

• Occupation: Retired educator, motivational speaker

• Political Experience: Georgia General Assembly for the past 20 years

• Family: Wife Mary Claire Coleman; daughter Amy Ann Mock, 42, son-in-law Stephen, 45; grandchildren Patrick, 11, and Teresa, 8

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

I have and will continue to work hard to bring decision-making and government closer to the people. This is a core principle that resonates deeply within me. I strongly believe that government should be the peoples’ handmaiden, not the other way around. When it is large, remote, and untamed it can not serve effectively. As I continue the important work of representing you, I will continue holding weekly town hall meeting to consult with my constituents. For the past 10 years, I have been conducting these meetings on Saturday mornings in Duluth at the Duluth Rexall Grill.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

Raising the bar for education remains a top priority for me. Having been a teacher, with a daughter teaching first grade and two grandchildren attending public school, I know how important public education is to our community and Georgia. I know that moving our state forward, creating good jobs and changing lives for the better, depends on a quality education system.

To that end I sponsored House Bill 192 which created the state education finance study committee, composed of 20 educators, legislators and key business leaders. Its purpose is to study the cost and resources required to educate Georgia’s children and make recommendations to the legislature based on its findings. Instead of a top down approach, the legislation is intended to allow local schools to involve parents, teachers and community leaders in the decision making process. During the 2013 session the committee plans to complete the study and offer proposed legislation to the governor and the legislature.

What sets you apart from your competitor?

It has been my pleasure to serve as the voice of the people of the 97th district in the Georgia General Assembly for the past 20 years. Serving our great communities is one of the best things I have ever done. As a 30 year educator in Gwinnett County school system and as a community servant I want to continue working for the people of our great county, putting their best interest first. Nobody works harder for the people of Gwinnett. Experience, dedication, hard work, chairman of a major committee (education), and lots of energy is what distinguishes my candidacy from my competitor.

Robert J. McClure

• Party: Republican

• Age: 22

• Education: B.A. Political Science, University of Georgia; Pursuing a J.D. from Georgia State College of Law

• Occupation: Law student

• Political Experience: None

• Family: Single

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

My entire political outlook is based upon the premise that government should remain small and responsive to the people. Government must be constrained by the Constitution, so that the personal liberties Georgians cherish are never threatened.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

Ethics. Holding public office is a community service and privilege and should not be a tool to promote one’s own financial standing or private business interests.

What sets you apart from your competitor?

My opposition to T-SPLOST. I believe Georgia voters will reject this waste of taxpayer money and hopefully will give the boot to the so-called Republicans that supported it.

District 103

Timothy Barr

• Party: Republican

• Age: 31

• Occupation: Small business owner

• Political experience: None

• Family: Wife Melinda, daughters Liberty and Haven

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

My political philosophy is that politicians make laws to protect the rights of individuals and preserve freedom by limiting government. I would like to see less government intrusion in our lives, allowing us to make the decisions for our families. If elected, I will filter every bill that crosses my desk to ensure it empowers the family, lowers taxes, grows jobs, and reduces the size of government.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

Protecting freedom and liberty and bringing a fair tax to Georgia. 

What sets you apart from your competitor?

I have the passion to see our liberties protected and will do everything I can to allow my two daughters to grow up with the same freedoms that I enjoyed. I’ve been a staffer in the House and Senate and understand how the process works. I have learned many sound principles from running a debt- free business and would like to take those principles to the capitol.

Ken Russell

• Party: Republican

• Age: 77

• Education: BS Biology, College of Charleston (S.C.). MS Forensic Science, George Washington University (WDC)

• Occupation: U.S. Navy Veteran, retired FBI Special Agent, and small business owner

• Political experience: None

• Family: Wife Eleanor; sons Todd, Sean, Scott and Kevin; six grandchildren

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

Conservative Republican since reading Barry Goldwater’s “Conscience of a Conservative” followed by William F. Buckley’s “Man and God” at Yale. I believe “Conservative Republican” means small, efficient and responsible government that is also fiscally accountable to the citizens. The government should be well aware that it would cease to exist without our hard-earned tax dollars. I want first and foremost to be responsible to my constituents on a daily basis; this can be accomplished via the Internet, phone, texting, email, etc. I will always vote based on the U.S. Constitution. Additionally, I will always adhere to my principles of small government, fiscal conservatism and personal responsibility.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

I see my top goal as being proactive regarding economic development. The greatest thing the government can do to support economic development is implement fiscal responsibility and to reduce the regulations that get in the way of small businesses. I will actively work to remove red tape and regulations from day one. The state cannot move forward on other important issues when we are suffering financially — we have already had three straight short-fall budget years.

What sets you apart from your competitor?

I think what sets me apart from my opponent is my real life experience. The majority of my career was spent serving our great nation. After college, I was a research assistant at the Medical University of South Carolina. I then served five years as a U.S. Naval Officer on sea duty, I spent an additional five years as an NCIS Special Agent which included a one-year assignment in Vietnam. I then served 18 years as a FBI Special Agent, and finally as a small businessman.

District 105

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Joyce Chandler

Joyce Chandler

• Party: Republican

• Age: 72

• Education: Doctor of Education in Counseling from the University of Georgia; Master of Science in Counseling from Auburn University; Bachelor of Arts in English and social studies from Samford University

• Occupation: Retired educator, small business owner, and executive director of a state nonprofit organization

• Political Experience: None

• Family: Husband Martin; daughters Kelle Chandler Ray, 46, Lesle Chandler Allen, 44, eight grandchildren

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

My faith governs my values, morals and political philosophy and will be the driving force in my role as representative. I believe that Godly principles should be evidenced at all times by our elected officials. If elected, I promise that I will consistently uphold these principles and will actively pursue that more and more transparency is evidenced at the state capitol. I promise to represent the people of District 105 with integrity and honesty.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

As the grandmother of eight and as one who has a heart for all children, I am especially concerned about the future of our state. It seems impossible, in my opinion, to separate the need for strengthening education for all of Georgia’s children and the need for strengthening our economic situation. While recognizing that parents are the ones to determine the most appropriate way to educate their children, public education, which serves most children and young people in our state, must provide quality education for all involved. With improved economic situations in our state, we will be better able to provide full funding for public education while also providing relief for parents who choose to educate their children through other venues than public education. In public education, pupil-teacher ratios must be reduced.

What sets you apart from your competitor?

I am the only candidate in the State House District 105 race who has experience in working in education, in beginning and managing a small business, and in leading the efforts of a nonprofit organization. My 36 years of experience in working in the education field and in keeping a nonprofit organization alive during these difficult financial times make me uniquely qualified to serve. As owner of a small consulting business, I understand the budgeting process and the necessity for living within one’s budget and, also, know how to listen and learn from others.

Damon Ladd-Thomas

• Party: Republican

• Age: 41

• Education: BA Economics, George Washington University 

• Occupation: Investment professional

• Political Experience: None

• Family: Wife Tatyana; son DJ 12, daughters Emma, 10, and Madelyn 8

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

I am a fiscal conservative and a small government Republican. I will support with fervor any legislation that supports our state and federal constitution and reduces the size and scope of government. I will also support local small business and make sure there are no legislative disadvantages to keep people doing business locally.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

Reducing the size and complexity of the state government to provide for a simpler budget and understanding. Attracting and supporting businesses to make our district their home.

What sets you apart from your competitor?

Only candidate from the private sector. Only candidate that has signed the No Lobby over $100 gift pledge. Only candidate that took the time to personally knock on as many doors in this district as possible, to get to know all of the 54,000 constituents and attempt to understand their concerns. I am the only candidate that has spent every campaign dollar to only local Georgia vendors for all of our campaign needs to help the local economy.

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Renita Hamilton

Renita Hamilton

• Party: Democrat

• Age: 37

• Education: Master’s strategic leadership

• Occupation: Small business owner

• Political Experience: None

• Family: Son Kaleb, 13

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

My political philosophy is I believe in human rights. The inalienable fundamental rights to which a person is inherently entitled simply because she or he is a human being. This will drive my role as State Representative for District 105 because I will support and advocate for the will of the people and not special interest or narrow views.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

The top goal or issue I want to tackle is job creation, education, child support reform and small business initiatives. Jobs can be created through education, training, and programs that help Gwinnettians obtain the skills needed to excel in the industry of choice. Education reform through finding ways to put money back into the hope scholarship, to date, new materials and school books for all children, plus pay raises for teachers in Georgia. Child support reform to toughen up on delinquency to help single mothers take care of their children. Small business initiatives that assist with the consumer experience, incentive marketing plans, and small business training programs to assist entrepreneurs.

What sets you apart from your competitor?

The attributes that set me apart from my competitor are my knowledge of the issues, the fact I am solutions based, I have experience in leadership, and my work ethic set me apart from my competitors. No candidate will outwork me nor has the energy level I do. I bring a fresh approach, innovative ideas, and vibrant solutions that are based in real facts relevant to today. I am today and tomorrow’s candidate. My candidacy is reflective of the district; I embrace all constituents from any socioeconomic and culturally diverse background.

Rashid Malik

• Party: Democratic

• Age: 52

• Occupation: Educator

The candidate did not respond to requests for additional information.

District 114

Tom Kirby

• Party: Republican

• Age: 51

• Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Agriculture Economics from the University of Kentucky

• Occupation: Human resource safety consultant

• Political Experience: State representative elected this year

• Family: Wife Rosemary Kirby; daughter Courtney Angel, 22, son-in-law Damien Angel; daughter Leslie Kirby, 19,

daughter Peyton Kirby, 12

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

I am a conservative Constitutionalist. The founding fathers gave us a clear vision of how government is suppose to function. The Constitution clearly states the powers and limits of the federal government and then reinforces that those powers not expressed in the Constitution remain with the States or the People. Government has encroached on too many of our liberties. It is time that we start to regain those liberties and put government back in its rightful role.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

Reintroduce the Government Accountability Act. This legislation was overwhelmingly passed in the last session only to be vetoed by Governor Deal. This bill set up legislative review committees to look at every state agency and executive appointment that receives money from the state. Those legislative committees would then start the process to eliminate those who where no longer beneficial. This will be a good tool in reducing the size of government and is long overdue.

I will be working on legislation to end human-animal hybrids in Georgia. This Frankenstein science of mixing human and animal cells is going too far and it is time we say, “Not in Georgia” to this practice.

What sets you apart from your competitor?

The first thing that sets me apart from my opponent is that I have a record of public service prior to seeking office. From the time I spent on The Chamber Board of Directors including Vice Chairman of Economic Development, to being part of the team that launched the Career Academy and then served as Chairman of the Board. ... I have also been active in support of the Fair Tax. ... The most important thing that separates me from my opponent is service to the citizens of the district. Being their representative more than just the 40 days of the legislative session.

Rod Upton

• Party: Republican

• Age: 31

• Education: Some college

• Occupation: Owner of a septic and plumbing company

• Political Experience: None

• Family: Wife LaRae; six children

What is your political philosophy and how will it drive your role in office?

My political philosophy involves a healthy suspicion of government and a belief that local control affords the best oversight of our tax dollars. As a business owner, I am committed to limiting the size of state government and helping to create a better environment for business creation and growth in Georgia. I believe in the protection of human life at all stages.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

Considering the condition of our state’s economy, job creation and growth will be one of my top concerns in this next legislative cycle. Our state government is getting in the way of the free market through over-regulation and bureaucratic red tape. Business owners understand that government growth hinders business growth.

What sets you apart from your competitor?

As a small/limited-government candidate, I am committed to keeping our taxes lower in order to stop funding an overgrown government. I am the only person in this race who is completely opposed to the T-SPLOST transportation sales tax, because I believe that we should not reward a wasteful government by giving it more money. We should eliminate waste, and not look for creative ways to fund it.

District 117

Doug McKillip

• Party: Republican

• Age: 42

• Occupation: Lawyer

• Political Experience: Georgia House of Representatives since 2006

• Family: Wife Mary, sons Jackson, 10, William, 7 and John Maxwell, 5

The candidate did not respond to requests for additional information.

Regina Quick

• Party: Republican

• Age: 48

• Occupation: Attorney

The candidate did not respond to requests for additional info.