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 Republican Jay Florence.
His campaign website says Florence received his BA in history from the University of Georgia and his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law. While still in college, he worked on U.S. congressional campaigns in both North Carolina and Ohio.
Once he passed the Bar, Florence began working at the Department of Insurance as an enforcement attorney. Next, he was the legal counsel to the Insurance and Financial Oversight Division before he was promoted to Assistant Commissioner.
As Assistant Commissioner, Florence was the legislative liaison to the Georgia General Assembly, a role in which “he successfully shepherded more than a dozen bills through the legislative process.”
In 2014, he was the campaign manager for Ralph Hudgens’ successful bid for re-election as Commissioner of Insurance. In 2015, Florence became Chief of Staff to the Office of the Georgia Senate President Pro Tempore, David Shafer. Then in January 2017, he went back to being the Deputy Insurance Commissioner.
Now, Florence lives in Athens and is a board member of the Jon Desso Scholarship foundation, which provides scholarships to Prince Avenue Christian School.
If elected, Florence says he will:
• Protect consumers.
• Make sure that criminals are prosecuted for insurance fraud.
• Make sure Georgia has the most competitive insurance market in the country.
More specifically, Florence says, “Washington is broken and so is the healthcare system they created. As Commissioner, I will continue to advocate for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare. At the same time, I will work to promote free market, state-based solutions to the problems that plague Georgia’s insurance market.”
If Florence is your candidate of choice, the election will be on November 6.