State Sen. Fran Millar of Dunwoody, who represents Dunwoody and other parts of DeKalb County and a portion of Sandy Springs, faces a challenge from DeKalb County financial advisor Paul Maner in the Republican Primary contest for the District 40 Senate seat.

Fran Millar

State Sen. Fran Millar

Marking Consultant/state Senator

Community: Dunwoody

Past political experience: State Representative for 12 years; state Senator for six years; Chairman Senate Higher Education Committee; Chairman Senate Education and Youth Committee; Chairman Senate Retirement Committee for two years; Senate Health & Human Services Committee for six years; House Education Committee for 12 years; appointed to  Governor’s Education Reform Commission and Governor’s Welfare Reform Commission; chairman for the Lieutenant Governor’s Foster Care Reform Working Group

Other experience in the community: Member of Dunwoody United Methodist Church; board member, Dunwoody Homeowners Association , board member, Spruill Center for the Arts.

 Q: Why are you running for this office?

A: To continue serving the people of the 40th Senate district

Q: Why should the voters choose you?

A: Experience and I get results.  I focused on property tax relief, career readiness options and increased opportunities for the disabled

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

A: Continue to control costs of higher education

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

A: DeKalb County’s image.

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

A: Educational achievement and regional transportation

 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: It will not be similar.  I would rather focus on education, healthcare and transportation issues.

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

A: I voted against just Fulton and DeKalb bearing the burden.  Other counties and the state need to contribute


Joe Earle

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