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 Democrat Cindy Zeldin.
Her campaign website says that Zeldin has lived in Georgia for nearly 20 years and is a graduate of Emory University. In addition, she holds graduate degrees from The George Washington University and Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health.
Professionally, Zeldin is “a health insurance expert who sweats the details and understands the challenges of Georgia families.” She has been a non-profit executive and worked at the Georgia Department of Audits, where she “made sure that Georgia’s health care programs were operating efficiently.”
Governor Nathan Deal also appointed her and other elected officials to numerous committees and work collaboratively to protect Georgia consumers.
In addition, she represented Georgia consumers nationally at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and has been a huge advocate for Medicaid expansion in Georgia.
In her line of work, Zeldin has led the fight for a new Georgia law that holds insurance companies accountable for providing accurate information about doctors, hospitals, and other healthcare providers.
Last year, Zeldin received the prestigious Health Advocate of the Year award from Families USA for her work as Executive Director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, a statewide health advocacy organization. She was also featured as one of “Georgia’s 40 Under 40” by Georgia Trend magazine in 2010 and was awarded the League of Women Voters of Georgia’s Empowerment Award in 2014.
Now, Zeldin lives with her family in the Lake Claire neighborhood in Atlanta.
If elected, Zeldin promises to:
• Put an end to the conflicts of interest, budget crises, and unchecked premium increases that plague the office.
• Work across the aisles for results.
• Bring real scrutiny, oversight, and transparency to rate increases and to make insurers compete for your business.
• Make insurance “more transparent, affordable, and fair for all Georgians.”
• Investigate, root out, and punish fraud or abuse of any kind.
• Push for strong fire safety standards, champion firefighters and first responders, and educate young people about fire safety.
• Ensure our buildings are up to code and investigate and punish arson.
If Zeldin is your candidate of choice, the election is on November 8 and the primaries are on May 22.