Akhtar Sadiq (D)

Occupation : Business Consultant

Elective offices held: None.

Community service experience: treasurer and director, United State Navy League ; alumni honorary commander, United States defense; member Georgia Society of CPAs .

Why should the voters choose you for this position?

Because I am a successful business consultant and a businessman. I have worked for several multi-national industries in executive level positions. I have knowledge, experience, expertise. I would improve the way our systems are functioning, such as economy we need invest in small businesses to create more jobs and the middle class, in education and healthcare. I understand the economy. I understand what it takes for small business to succeed. I understand education by reducing class sizes and proper funding for the public schools and respect for the teachers. I will provide necessary resources to properly educate our children. Because my daughter graduated from Georgia Tech with Highest Honors, Suma Cum Laude and graduate from Harvard University, major in Architecture. If my children can do it, why not my constituent children?

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

Education – Increase public school funding which was slashed by my opponent and by the governor in millions of dollars. I would reduce class sizes. Increase Hope Scholarship grants and introduce proper reforms to attract more students. Slashing education hurts Georgians, it hurts our children, it hurts our future! It hurts small businesses, it hurts our middle class and it hurts attacking new and sustainable business to our great state. This needs to stop.

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

I will increase the education funding to enable teachers to do their jobs. I will create an environment where children can learn with fewer students in a class. Improve our educational system and support and respect for our teacher workforce. Reform the Hope Scholarship that will meet the needs of our students. The current policies at the state capital are failing us. I will promote small businesses who are the back bone of our economy by introducing smarter tax policies and other incentives will attract businesses which will create more jobs — an economy that will work for the middle class. This is the right thing to do and I will accomplish this during my first term as state senator

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