Leah Aldridge

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Occupation: I am the owner of Atlanta Breastfeeding Consultants, LLC, a clinic serving new mothers and babies. I am also a corporate attorney formerly with the firm of Morris, Manning and Martin, LLP.

Leah Aldridge.

Previous experience holding elected offices: None.

Other community service experience: I have served as a Board Member of the non-profit Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, Inc. for over a decade including serving as its Board President from 2014-2016. I have served as a La Leche League Leader for more than 10 years, and I am a sustaining member of the Junior League of Atlanta.  I have been a speaker at various professional conferences including at Emory University’s School of Medicine in 2016. I have received numerous national and state community service awards, including from the United States Lactation Consultants Association and the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.

Why should voters choose you for this position?

Because experience matters. I am a small business woman (I run a small healthcare business in Fulton County), and I am a corporate attorney who has closed multimillion-dollar public company deals. I am a consensus builder, a principled conservative, and I know when government gets out of the way, families and businesses thrive. I have the endorsement of many of my future Senate colleagues and can hit the ground running come January 2019 to lead for this district on the issues we most care about – lowering taxes, neighborhood safety, education, traffic and lowering healthcare costs.

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

The overreach of government is my biggest concern. As senator, my first priority is tax relief — property taxes and state income taxes. Surprise property tax bills hurt our families and put seniors at risk. To keep Georgia competitive and money in our checkbooks, I will work to lower the state income tax. We must not wait on Washington, but implement state-based solutions to our rising healthcare costs and loss of access to the doctors and hospitals of our choice. I pledge to partner with law enforcement to keep our neighborhoods safe from the growing crime epidemic.

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