Beth Beskin

Occupation:  Attorney

Beth Beskin

Previous experience in elective office: Represented House District 54 since November 2014.

Other community service experience: board of directors of Brandon Neighborhood Association; past member of the board of the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy; member and former Vice-Chair of Region 3 Planning Board of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (approximately 2011-2015).

Q: Why should voters choose you for this position?

A: I believe voters should choose me for this position because I am the best qualified candidate.  As an attorney, I have the training and experience to understand the nuances of the legislative process and the drafting and passage of legislation, which often includes, for example, complicated issues of tax law and overlapping federal and state regulations.  My committee assignments, including Judiciary, Education and MARTOC (MARTA oversight – on which I chair the Governance subcommittee) allow me to have input and shape legislation that greatly affects every person in our district.

Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent?  How will you address that issue?

A: I think the biggest issue facing the constituents in our district is how to continue to realize the benefits of our vibrant economy and the resultant building activity, both commercial and residential, we have seen for the last few years here in House District 54, with the very real quality of life issue associated with increasing density, specifically, our ever-increasing traffic.  I have and will continue to address that issue by voting for transportation and transit solutions as a member of the General Assembly and also, specifically, in my role as MARTOC committee member and chair of the Governance subcommittee.

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.