Who am I?
I was born in Decatur, Georgia in 1968, my family lived in Lilburn near Lake Lucerne, and I graduated from Shiloh High School in Lithonia. After law school, I moved to Norcross. In April of 2006, I moved to Tucker, Georgia.
I attended American University in Washington, D.C., majoring in International Studies and Broadcast Journalism. I went to law school at Georgia State and passed the Bar in 1993. I practice law, representing government employees (including firefighters and police) and service workers. I currently practice law in Norcross with both business and private clients with a focus on administrative and corporate law.
I have been active in civic affairs. Other affiliations include Gwinnett County Habitat for Humanity, the Sierra Club, Norcross Cooperative Ministries, AID Gwinnett, and the Gwinnett Philharmonic.
I am involved in the Gwinnett County chapter of the Democratic Party of Georgia. In 2002 I ran and won election for the then newly-created District 69 and in 2004 for the State Senate, District 5.
I belong to numerous committees in the Georgia Senate, Appropriations, and Chairman of Special Judiciary, Economic Development and Higher Education. I was one of 4 senators appointed to the Georgia Code Revision Commission and to the Working Families Caucus Vice Chairman in the 2011 Legislative session.
Why am I running?
I am running to represent the people of the District 5 and their interests, and to ensure their voices are heard as a progressive Democrat.
I can and have made a difference in the State Senate.
As a progressive Democrat in Georgias most Republican County, two years ago I was targeted for defeat by the Republican Party, but I won. The redistricting that has occurred has left me with less of a Democratic District, but I am sure I can win in 2012.
My top two goals are:
1) To create jobs and an environment of fairness to ensure success for all people.
2) Assist in developing a transportation system that can get people to business and business to people and will put money back into the community where my constituents live.
My DFA Values
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My Campaign is People Powered!
I conduct a monthly Citizens Advisory Forum, an open forum that allows for the exchange of ideas, concerns, and issues and allows for feedback from the community.
I maintain an interactive website that provides information about multiple political and community organizations.
The most viewed page on the website is our weekly blog. We also maintain a community calendar on the website.
I use members of the community to work on my campaign for GOTV activities within their neighborhoods and communities.