Gavi Shapiro

Occupation: IT entrepreneur, Expediation Technologies

Gavi Shapiro

Previous experience holding elected offices: None

Other community service experience: I provide pro bono computer services to low-income members of the community, and I volunteer at soup kitchens whenever I can. I have also volunteered for leadership positions and weekly charity functions in conjunction with my local synagogue, Congregation Beth Tefillah.

Why should voters choose you for this position?

I believe that the highest priority of a representative should be honestly to represent the fiscal and political interests of their constituents, while maintaining transparency and accountability. Unfortunately, our current representative has succumbed to the pressure to prioritize special interests over the well-being of Georgians. In fact, she has consistently voted to increase the per capita sales tax burden while offering tax breaks to yacht owners, among other favored groups. I pledge only to vote in favor of conservative and fiscally responsible legislation that represents the interests of my district.

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

For years now, Georgians have been petitioning for school choice. A well-designed school choice bill will allow families more resources to educate their children effectively. This will improve the prospects of children from lower-income families who are not thriving in their local public schools. It will also promote efficiency, since many public schools (especially those whose students cannot afford private education) do not provide sufficient individualized attention and even misuse much of their allocated funding. I will cosponsor a school choice bill because the people want it and because it will help our kids.

John Ruch

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