"I come from a family that has been actively involved in community service for as long as I can remember. As someone who has lived in District 84 for the past ten years I see the potential in our community it is because of this potential I want to devote my time and efforts to the improvement of our community. To do this, we must increase the number of available living-wage jobs, promote economic development, enhance our educational institutions, and put an end to artificial housing inflation. We know the issues within our community. Let's work together in resolving these issues."
LIST OF ISSUES
As a result of rising inflation over the past couple of years, food, housing, and other needs have become increasingly expensive while salaries have remained stagnant. The Georgia minimum wage is $5.15 an hour, whereas the federal minimum wage is $7.25. It is past time to take a closer look at minimum wages and decent pay. When people from the working and middle classes are unable to afford to reside in our community, we have a serious problem on our hands. Please join me in my battle to raise the minimum wage and livable wages.
According to the late Malcolm X, education is a passport to a better future for everyone. Every kid should be able to receive an equal and just education. We will work for adequately funded schools to ensure that all students have a fair chance at a successful future. Teachers should not have to pay out of their own pockets to ensure that their students have the resources they require due to a lack of funding. We will work for equality in our schools so that students from all socioeconomic backgrounds have the same opportunities for academic achievement.
Georgia is becoming a go-to state for new industries like agriculture, technology, and finance, and I want to make sure that District 84 is a part of that process here in Georgia. When it comes to entertainment, dining, and kid-friendly activities, too many of us have had to travel outside of our communities for far too long. There should be no reason why our community should lack the diversity of businesses that provide these services. There are too many dollar stores, chicken places, and gas stations sprouting up in locations that could hold more delightful variety sections of food and entertainment that would not demand traveling to the city of Atlanta. District 84 needs more economic variety; therefore, let's work together to get it.
In recent years, the cost of housing and rent has continued to grow, making it difficult for members of our community to obtain and keep housing. A large part of the increase in home prices has been attributed to corporate investors entering our community and purchasing housing stock, resulting in an overinflated housing market. We have seen the "we buy houses" signs off the interstate. These investors who are willing to pay cash for properties make it more difficult for first-time homebuyers to obtain housing. The investor-bought houses also create vacancies while investors wait until property values increase, creating blight in our communities. Increasing home values is desirable, but not at the expense of creating a housing bubble and resulting in artificially high property taxes. These variables have the potential to create a situation akin to the housing crisis of 2008. I want to ensure that residents can afford to stay in their current residences or buy property at a reasonable price.