Robert W. “Bob” Gibeling (D)

Occupation: Marketing executive

Previous public offices held: None. I’ve advocated for issues in the Georgia Legislature and U.S. Congress for 20 years. Some of these issues have included AIDS funding, hate crimes law, and anti-bullying (Safe Schools) legislation, as well as employment non-discrimination laws.

Community service experience: Member of Garden Hills Civic Association and Buckhead Business Association. Organized neighborhood cleanups, supported traffic calming and organized holiday events for seniors. Legislative leader for public policy resolutions passed by a major faith-based organization.

Why should the voters choose you for this position?

Only electing me would send a powerful message that the voters of this district want common-sense solutions and not more of the Legislature’s extreme agenda.

I will bring a fresh style of leadership to the Legislature and use my business experience, faith background and independent thinking to do what’s right, not what’s politically convenient.

What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent?

I see three big issues that we must address. I am concerned about the slow erosion of women’s rights in this state and if elected, I would make sure that equal pay for equal work legislation is a priority. I will be a strong advocate for quality education in our schools. I am a graduate of the Atlanta Public Schools system, so I’m an advocate for keeping our public schools strong. Finally, I’ll work hard to make sure we grow our economy and put folks back to work. I will keep Buckhead buzzing for business, but not at the expense of our neighborhoods, which are dealing with increasing traffic.

What’s the first thing you hope to accomplish after taking office next year?

I will begin to immediately build relationships if elected. We need representation in the Georgia General Assembly that can work across the aisle to create solutions, not make political statements.