Deborah Silcox

Occupation: Attorney, employed by the state of Georgia as state representative for House District 52.

State Rep. Deborah Silcox.

Previous experience in elected offices:  Elected in 2016 for the Georgia House of Representatives.

Other community experience: Appointed by Governor Nathan Deal as Chair of the Governors’ Commission for Service and Volunteerism, appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to the Georgia Department of Human Resources Board, member of the Sandy Springs Society, member of the Advisory Board for The Chastain Park Conservancy, member of The Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods,  member of The Chastain Park Civic Association, previous board member for The Junior League of Atlanta, The Atlanta Speech School, The Chastain Park Conservancy, and Hands on Georgia.

Why should voters choose you for this position?

I have a proven track record now in the General Assembly and work at this position full time. I helped to cut personal income taxes, moderate the growth of Fulton County property taxes, and voted to fully fund QBE for our public schools for the first time since 2002. With the help of the Sandy Springs City Council, I passed a bill to give local officials control of the use of fireworks through our noise ordinance, successfully passed the sex trafficking bill for the Attorney General Chris Carr, and also passed a bill to improve prenatal and maternal health.

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

I believe the biggest issue facing our area is transportation. I helped to pass the transit bill in the General Assembly to create a single “ATL” system of transit for the 13 metro counties. I am hopeful that the voter referendum mandated by this legislation will pass in all the counties this November, so the General Assembly can continue to pursue more options for citizens to ride but not drive. I also fought and drafted some of the language for the distracted driving bill that, if signed by the governor, will save approximately 300 lives a year on Georgia roads.

John Ruch

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