John Albers (R) (i)

Occupation: Executive & Business Owner

Elective offices held: Four years in Georgia Senate.

Community service experience: World Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation Board of Directors (past chairman); Chamberlain Nursing College Board; Gilsbar Holdings Board of Directors; Roswell United Methodist Church Job Networking Industry Guide; scout leader; Kiwanis; Roswell Rotary; U.S. Air Force Civil Air Patrol; Roswell Sons of the American Legion; fourth generation firefighter serving as a volunteer in Alpharetta.

Why should the voters choose you for this position?

Over the past four years, I championed: the removal of the Ga. 400 tolls, reduced taxes on families and businesses, reduced burdensome regulations to increase jobs, helped protect both children and senior citizens and focused on traffic/transportation solutions.

I am very active in my community serving in my church, charitable organizations, attending events, sending out newsletters and host town hall meetings, etc. I work tirelessly to serve my constituents and have a strong track record of success.

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

The economy is the biggest issue facing my constituents and all over our great state. Georgia has been named the No. 1 place to do business by multiple organizations.   This did not happen by accident; we have worked hard in Georgia to create the ideal climate for job growth.

The government does not create jobs, but we can have the best environment for job growth. This is done by reducing taxes and regulations allowing the entrepreneurial spirit of Georgians to thrive. A well educated workforce is needed to fill 21st century jobs. I am a champion for high-tech schools and educational options from kindergarten through college and beyond.

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

My top priority in the 2015 legislative session is reducing the Georgia Income Tax.   Reducing the income tax will put much needed dollars back into the wallets of families and small businesses. Ultimately, this will create jobs and opportunities for Georgians.   As more people are hiring and have more money, the economy grows solving a myriad of additional problems. A thriving economy allows for the necessary investment to improve traffic and enhance education.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.