Bobby Kaple

Occupation: Former Morning Anchor, CBS46

Bobby Kaple

Previous experience holding elected offices: None

Other community service experience: First and foremost, as a journalist serving this community. I have also been involved in supporting a number of local organizations and charities, including the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the PKD Foundation.

Why should voters choose you for this position?

I’m a journalist. I have built a career on listening to people’s stories, tracking down truth and bringing it to light. I have covered a wide breadth of issues across metro Atlanta and witnessed firsthand the impact policy has on all of our lives. I’m experienced in listening to experts, distilling information and asking the right questions. As your representative, this background will help me find solutions to a range of issues and will always keep me grounded in the needs of the 6th District.

What is the biggest issue facing the district and how will you address it?

Quality, affordable healthcare is a right — not a privilege. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, more than 20 million Americans are now insured. But instead of spending the last six years addressing areas of improvement, Republicans have chosen to shout repeal, repeal, repeal. Political fights that result in market uncertainty are causing families to suffer. Members of Congress, along with the president, have decided they would rather sabotage the system. As a result, they have driven premiums up and compelled insurers like Blue Cross Blue Shield to pull out of large portions of Georgia’s marketplace. We deserve better.

The opioid drug addiction epidemic has been a major issue in the district and nationwide. What strategy do you believe the federal government should pursue to reduce or end the opioid epidemic?

I take issue with Karen Handel and Donald Trump paying lip service to addressing the opioid epidemic while simultaneously making one of their top priorities repealing the Affordable Care Act. One of the 10 Essential Health Benefits the ACA ensures insurance will cover is treatment for substance abuse and addiction. Eliminating these benefits would additionally burden struggling families with even more stress and bills to pay. We need to build upon these benefits — not gut them. More must be done to fund additional beds at in-network treatment centers and ensure those struggling have access to long-term, comprehensive care.

Do you believe Congress should authorize such military action as President Trump’s recent military strikes in Syria, and how would you have voted in this case?

I urge the President to consult Congress before using military force. In Congress, I will be a leader in making sure we have appropriate oversight of future military actions. I do support the recent multi-lateral strikes on Syria — the use of chemical weapons cannot be tolerated.

John Ruch

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