Over the next few weeks, I’d like to highlight a few new local leaders from around the state. Georgia’s District 15 lost a great state representative when Paul Battles retired, but Bartow County has already chosen their replacement in Republican Matthew Gambill, who won the primary in May. While the rest of the state may not yet know his name, he comes from a family that has served our state for decades and I have no doubt that that Matthew will make his mark at the Capitol. Matthew is a community leader who has directed the Georgia Association for Career & Technical Education for over a decade. He will bring that experience in education to Atlanta, as our state continues to find new ways to prepare students for the workforce. He is a member of Cartersville-Bartow County Chamber of Commerce and works with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Bartow County (among many other community organizations). He is married and...READ MORE
A number of Georgia officials are heading to China next week to find opportunities for local businesses and build relationships with investors. I’m proud to see that Georgia continues to be an attractive business destination for companies both within the US and abroad.
Over the next few weeks, I’d like to highlight a few new local leaders from around the state. My friends in House District 51 (Sandy Springs) will elect a new state representative in November to replace the retiring Wendell Willard (who will be missed greatly!). They have an excellent choice in Republican nominee Alex Kaufman, an Emory Law graduate who has worked for Sonny Perdue and the Fulton County Superior Court. Alex lives in Roswell and works for a law firm in Sandy Springs, so he understands Fulton county and its issues. He’s married and is involved in community organizations like Roswell Rotary Club and The Star House Foundation. He coaches a high school mock trial team and is a Braves/UGA football fan. I encourage those who live in his district to learn about Alex, as I hope he will serve the citizens of Georgia for many years.
Georgia’s new hands-free cell phone law went into effect this week. Holding the phone is prohibited unless you are legally parked. Drivers are allowed to use GPS, voice-to-text features and can make and receive phone calls hands-free. Georgia is the 15th state to implement a similar law. Distracting driving accidents, and deaths, are up sharply over the past several years, and this change will help save lives.
Early voting begins today for statewide and local office run-off elections. Here’s the Fulton County Republican ballot.