Tom Owens

Community: Doraville

Past political experience: candidate for DeKalb County commission in 2014

Other experience in the community: USO greeter; active with Dunwoody-Sandy Springs Veterans for Foreign Wars

Q: Why are you running for this office?

A: I am running to bring sober, conservative judgment back into government and public service.

Q: Why should the voters choose you?

A: Because I bring decency, honor and trust to the office.

Q: If elected, what’s the first thing you want to accomplish in office?

A: Stop unnecessary taxing and spending.

Q: What do you see as the biggest problem facing the district you seek to represent?

A:  The Doraville GM Tax Allocation District is a big failure to my district and the state.

Q: What do you see as the biggest problem facing the state?

A: See previous answer.

Q: If a “religious freedom” bill similar to the one passed this session and vetoed by Gov. Deal is offered again next year, how would you vote on it?

A: I will have to wait and see what is in the bill before commenting.

Q: If it comes up again in the legislature next year, would you support some form of new tax to expand MARTA?

A: No MARTA tax increase.

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