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 former state Senator Rick Jeffares.
On his website, it says Jeffares was born into a family of farmers in Henry County, Georgia. After the death of his father when he was 13, Jeffares helped his mother raise his two younger brothers and took over the family farm. Eventually, he would put himself through Clayton College and State University and earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in Management.
Jeffares started working at the Henry County Water Authority and became the leader of City of Covington Water and Sewer Department. Later, he went on to start J&T Environmental Services, an operation and maintenance services company where he continues builds and services water, sewer, and wastewater facilities. He is also a project manager with G. Ben Turnipseed Engineers.
Jeffares has used this experience in his charity work. In 2004, Jeffares, through his church, volunteered to build water purification facilities in Sri Lanka after the country was devastated by the earthquake and the tsunami. After Hurricane Katrina, Jeffares “went to Mississippi where he brought supplies he had purchased himself and rebuilt water systems in order for people to have their first shower in weeks” despite being threatened by FEMA officials for not having gone through their “burdensome federal rules.”
Because of his community business interactions, Jeffares got into public service and served as City Manager for Locust Grove and later as Henry County Commissioner in 2008. In 2010, he was elected to the State Senate from Georgia’s 17th District, representing portions of Henry, Newton and Rockdale Counties. During his time in the State Senate, Jeffares has “focused on ethics reform, reducing the size of government and championing bills that directly improve the lives of the citizens and communities he represents.”
In addition, Jeffares is also the Chairman of the Regulated Industries and Vice Chairman of the Natural Resources Committees, a member of the Appropriations and Ethics Committees, the Vice-President of the Georgia Rural Water Association, and a member of the Georgia Violence Commission.
If elected, Jeffares promises to:
• Protect and expand 2nd Amendment rights.
• Protect the rights of the unborn.
• Stand by religious liberty.
• Pass legislation requiring the elimination of 2 regulations for every new regulation passed to “reduce paperwork and compliance costs for businesses that have to navigate often arcane and obsolete regulations and reduce the casual creation of new red tape for Georgia citizens.”
• Reduce college tuition costs.
• Boost technical education.
• Develop Georgia’s rural economy with multiple projects.
• Improve our state’s transportation infrastructure by passing a Senate Bill to create a Georgia Regional Transit Council.
If Jeffares sounds like your ideal candidate, elections will be held on November 6, 2018.