Georgia Senate, District 6

Hunter Hill (R) (i)

Occupation:  President, Tommy Newberry Coaching and Georgia State Senator

Elective offices held: Completing first term as state senator.

Community experience:   Volunteer with Smyrna Veterans Committee, the Cobb County Citizens Oversight Committee for the T-SPLOST, and the Georgia Energy Forum.

Why should the voters choose you for this position?

I ran for State Senate in 2012 to serve our community and get things done for our state.  I was effective at getting legislation passed that expanded economic opportunities for veterans, helping local governments to operate more efficiently, and helping small businesses grow.  I was named Georgia Chamber of Commerce Freshman of the Year, and the Association of County Commissioners also awarded me Legislator of the Year.  If reelected, I’ll continue to work tirelessly to serve our community.

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

The biggest issue I hear from constituents is a how we grow Georgia’s economy and create more jobs.  We can accomplish this by making Georgia the most economically competitive state in the nation.  We need to improve our public education and create efficiency and excellence in education, health care and transportation by implementing proven, market-driven solutions..

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

If re-elected, my focus will continue to be on creating more opportunities for all Georgians. This starts with improving education in our public schools. I believe we are headed in the right direction, and I am in favor of aggressive measures to ensure that all students have a fair shot at a great education. Promoting public-private partnerships, increasing parental involvement, and teaching students specific life skills are a few areas that we need to address in our schools immediately.

With respect to job creation, the pro-growth policies I have supported and helped pass have made a positive impact on our economy. Making it easier for small businesses to operate and expand will remain a key focus of mine.

As always, the best ideas have come from my constituents. I will continue to be your voice in the state Senate and I look forward to representing you for a second term.

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.