Seven candidates qualified to be on the ballot to complete Congressman John Lewis’ term.
The Sept. 29 special election ballot for Georgia's 5th District will have all the candidates on the same ballot regardless of party affiliation.
The election will help decide who finishes Lewis' term, which ends on Jan. 3. If none of the candidates wins a majority, the top two will compete in a runoff scheduled for Dec. 1.
This special election is separate from the one in November for a full two-year term. Democrats picked state Sen. Nikema Williams to replace Lewis on the ballot. She will take on Republican Angela Stanton-King.
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The powers of the CDC must be fully restored as the broker and clearinghouse of health information and intervention for the United States without political interference. And, while we are repairing the damage done to our domestic health infrastructure by the Trump Administration, we must support the vitality of a robust and reformed World Health Organization if we are to manage and eliminate the pandemic threat.
We support Medicaid expansion in Georgia and the extension of comprehensive coverage for post-partum care for the full year after childbirth. We will advocate to protect and improve the Affordable Care Act.
Going forward we will broaden and deepen our conversations about public health from access to healthcare and insurance to achieving and maintaining health equity, with a clear understanding of the social determinants of health.
Americans pay nearly twice as much for healthcare as other high-income countries but to worse results.
Decisions on healthcare should not hinge on increasing revenue for insurance companies; instead of providing care. Healthcare should be a human right for all, with special incentives for those who already practice minimal risk behaviors and healthy living practices.
Private insurances and premium services can be provided by the free market through choice and competition. The care our families receive should not be tied to profit and greed.
What I am proposing is to completely cancel medical debt, build more hospitals and clinics, a free government option along with substantially low cost options, and increasing production on generic medicines made in the United States.
Additionally, we need to address systemic discrimination that disproportionately impacts African Americans and working families negatively.
We support government efforts to shift to renewable energy from fossil fuels which includes protecting wetlands and limiting the expansion of oil companies into federal protected lands. We are also in favor of protecting the land rights of indigenous peoples where oil companies have tried to encroach on their ancestral homes for profit.
The auto emission standards and other environmental regulatory efforts undermined by the Trump Administration should be re-instated fully to protect our environment.
Therefore, in addition to, the Green New Deal, I would advocate for the following measures to address climate reform.
- Reduce dependence on fossil fuels
- Cut gas emissions
- Create clean energy high paying jobs
- Advocating for clean water and air policy
- Working Regionally to eliminate traffic congestion (federally funded light-rail)
There should be a pathway to citizenship as articulated in the proposed 2013 Immigration Bill. The plan should also include those desiring to become citizens who would normally qualify as asylum seekers or refugees who enter the United States illegally.
However, there are those among the undocumented who may not wish to become citizens. Peter Skerry of Boston College suggests an additional option “permanent non-citizen resident status” for individuals who wish to work and raise their families in the U.S. without fear of authorities.
Build bridges, not Walls!
We are and should remain a melting pot of diversity.
Closing corporate tax loopholes is the first step in more tax revenues. Secondly, crafting opportunity zone agreements to include investment in educational infrastructure (facilities, technology, etc.) frees up educational dollars for education and not educational overhead.
We need to put decisions about education back into the hands of students/parents, teachers and the state or local governments.
The net effect would be increased corporate and individual revenues translating into an increased tax base which would then be used to pay down the debt.
From there we can begin to prioritize any future discretionary spending cuts.
Secondly, this is an opportunity to also salute and thank health care workers, educators and first-responder's by offering an additional COVID19 tax credit to all who continued to work during the height of COVID19 response efforts. If we can provide corporate welfare to fortune 500 corporations, the airline and hotel industry, the most certainly we can invest and provide a safety net to our most precious commodity American families!
My charge is found in John Lewis’s final admonition to us, “Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in good trouble, necessary trouble. Though I am gone, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.”
That is why I am running.
His legacy is large and while no man or woman could ever replace him, I hope if elected that I could serve with integrity and an eye towards freedom that would honor his memory.
He is an Atlanta institution and I love my city. This city and the world were made far better thanks to his life's work.
Rest In Power John Lewis