Georgia Labor Commissioner Election 2018: Meet Fred Quinn

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 Fred Quinn.

On his website, Quinn talks about his family and childhood. He is a third-generation Georgia native raised in rural Tignall, Georgia. Quinn’s family was large and worked hard. In fact, he said, “earning an honest living was the cornerstone of my upbringing.”

At 14, Quinn got his first job at Fievet Pharmacy in downtown Washington, Georgia through a work permit. It was then, he said that he “discovered the appreciation and love for helping others” as he helped “sickly customers at sometimes the lowest point of their lives.”

After going through the Wilkes County Public School System, Quinn went to Paine College where he worked in Augusta for 30-36 hours a week, got elected to the Student Government Association, and volunteered in numerous community service initiatives. At 21, he graduated Paine College with a Bachelor of Arts in history.

Quinn then moved to Atlanta and attended the Atlanta-Buckhead location of Keller Graduate School of Management and obtained his MBA.

His interest in politics began as an 11th grader in his American Government class where his teacher helped Quinn formulate a plan to enter politics.

During the summer of 2008, he interned with the Department of Labor at the Career Center in Augusta. It was while working there that Quinn “realized that so many people were affected by the current economy and felt hopeless” and realized what he wanted to do for the next ten years.

In 2010, Quinn worked for his State Representative for the year’s Legislative Session. In 2018, he wants to be Georgia’s labor commissioner.

Quinn said, “I, like many citizens of Georgia, have worked in a range of industries and for minimum wages. I have worked in fast food, retail, a call center, banking, higher education, and as an independent contractor in various levels from individual contributor to management. I understand a large fraction of what represents Georgia’s diverse workforce and I want [to] be the voice of the masses and work for you.”

If he is elected, the website says Quinn would be the youngest sitting state executive in the United States.

If elected, Quinn promises to:
• Build a “job placement pipeline” for veterans and seniors.
• Work with community leaders to bring jobs to all of Georgia’s cities.
• Add new job training resources to the career centers.
• Audit all the Department’s spending and cut any unnecessary expenditures.
• Stop the Department’s career center closures and layoffs.
• Create a Department summer internship program for high school and college students.

If you would like to make Quinn Georgia’s labor commissioner, the election will be on November 6.

2 thoughts on “Georgia Labor Commissioner Election 2018: Meet Fred Quinn

  1. Would like to see more emphasis on training and re-training programs for workers who are left behind by globalization and technology advancement, thereby preparing them for potential opportunities such as the possibility of Atlanta being chosen as Amazon’s 2nd headquarters. Also, would like to see a closer working relationship between Labor and Education in getting the youth of Georgia better prepared for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

  2. I would like to see in this election, reverse what Mark Butler did, by taking unemployment away from bus drivers and cafeteria workers , seasonal workers, when their laid off and can’t draw unemployment. It’s not right, that Mark Butler did this.

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