2018 is a big election year for the state of Georgia. But if you are anything like me, you are usually too busy to pay as much attention to local politics as you should. So, to make things easier, I have started a series to pick apart each candidate’s pros and cons.
With introductions out of the way, meet current Attorney General and incumbent Republican Chris Carr.
It does not say anything on the website about his childhood besides that he is a graduate of both the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and Lumpkin School of Law in 1999, but it says plenty about Carr’s career.
Carr started his legal career with Alston & Bird LLP in Atlanta. Later, he became the Vice President and General Counsel for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation where he “worked with Georgia lawmakers and policy specialists from across the state and around the country to craft quality legislation that would bring positive results for Georgians.”
After that, Carr served for six years on Senator Johnny Isakson’s Chief of Staff advising the senator on federal legislation and on numerous judicial nominees for the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal courts in Georgia and across the country.
Since 2011, Carr has served on Georgia’s Judicial Nominating Commission, the body charged with recommending candidates to the Governor to fill judicial vacancies. He has also served on the Board of Advisors for the Atlanta Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.
From 2013 to 2016, Carr was the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Of his time there, the website says, “[Carr] led the state agency responsible for creating jobs and investment in Georgia. During his tenure, Georgia was named the ‘number one state for business’ three years in a row.”
Furthermore, “Through business recruitment, retention and expansion, international trade and tourism, as well as the arts, film and music industries, the department under Chris’ leadership helped facilitate 1,069 projects across the state that represent approximately $14.4 billion in investment and the creation of more than 84,000 jobs.”
In 2015, this Georgia agency was named the top economic development agency in the country.
According to his Ballotpedia profile, Carr was appointed attorney general by Governor Nathan Deal on October 12, 2016. In November of 2017, Carr was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Republican Attorneys General Association.
As an attorney general, Carr has prioritized “protecting the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution and laws of the state of Georgia and the interests of the people of Georgia” and “protecting Georgians from federal overreach and keeping government open and transparent to its citizens.”
In addition, Carr has worked to end human trafficking, combat opioid abuse, and protect older and at-risk adults.
In November 2016, he was appointed to the National Association of Attorneys General’s Human Trafficking and Substance Abuse Committees. Carr has since created “a statewide network for stakeholders to share ideas and strengthen our state’s response to the opioid crisis,” also known as the Statewide Opioid Task Force. The Statewide Opioid Task Force includes more than 150 public, private and non-profit entities that are working together to “close gaps and save lives in this fight.”
Carr also headed the “Demand an End” campaign, a partnership with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and StreetGrace, a Georgia-based non-profit organization, to increase public awareness through the state attorney’s general offices that “this horrific behavior (human trafficking) is fueled by demand.”
In 2017, he was appointed to Governor Nathan Deal’s Older Adults Cabinet and the Executive Committee for the National Association of Attorneys General Committee on Elder Abuse.
If he is elected to continue serving as attorney general, Carr desires to continue the work he has started: namely, protecting the constitution, fighting federal overreach, ending human trafficking, cracking down on elder abuse, combatting opioid abuse, protecting consumers, keeping government transparent, and prosecuting criminal gang activity.
If Carr sounds like the candidate for you, the election is on November 6.