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 State Senator David Shafer.
On his website, it says Shafer grew up in DeKalb County and graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in government. At only 25, Shafer was appointed Executive Director of the Georgia Republican Party.
In 1996, he was chosen as the Republican candidate for Secretary of State. He campaigned on voter fraud, and in 1997, his idea that voters should show ID’s when going to vote was made into law.
In 2002, Shafer was elected to the State Senate. As a senator, he has sponsored legislation to “implement zero-based budgeting, limit tax increases and provide for the periodic review of government regulations.” In 2013, Shafer was elected unanimously to be the 68th President Pro Tempore of the Senate, a position to which he has been re-elected twice.
Currently, Shafer is also vice chairman of the Senate Insurance and Labor Committee and a member of the Senate Appropriations, Health and Human Services and Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee. He is also an ex-officio member of the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities and Rules Committees, a business owner and investor, and a board member of the Visitors of the University of Georgia.
To say nothing of his past work, deep breath, Shafer has served on the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as vice chairman of the Gwinnett County Library System Board of Trustees, as a member on the former Gwinnett-Forsyth Regional Library System Board of Trustees, and on the Board of Directors for both the United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Atlanta and the Partnership Against Domestic Violence (formerly Georgia Council on Battered Women), and as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the University of Georgia Alumni Association.
If he is elected as lieutenant governor, Shafer promises to:
• Eliminate wasteful spending and cut taxes, specifically in the premium and income taxes.
• Reform the classroom, support the HOPE Scholarship, and cut spending to the state education bureaucracy so that the money can go to local schools instead.
• Push tougher laws for dangerous, convicted criminals and eliminate street gangs.
• Relieve the infrastructure of Atlanta to “reduce traffic congestion and air pollution” and dedicate all motor fuel taxes to transportation.
• Keep Georgia’s air and water clean and protect Georgia’s “natural treasures.”
• Oppose any grant of government benefits to illegal immigrants.
If Shafer sounds like your preferred candidate, the elections will be on November 6, 2018.