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 Sarah Riggs Amico.
According to her website, Amico was born in a rural small town. She grew up in a politically diverse family who taught her about “family, faith, education, hard work, serving others, and being a good neighbor.” Amico attended public school and went on to attend Washington & Lee University and earn her MBA from the Harvard Business School.
During the 2008 financial crisis, Amico’s family bought a car hauling company near bankruptcy and turned the company around. Since then, in her words, she has been in the business of “buying and fixing companies others consider unfixable.” Amico is currently the executive chairperson of Jack Cooper.
Her secret to success, competitiveness, and long-term growth has been investing in her employees by doing things such as paying for their healthcare, introducing initiatives to hire veterans, establishing Volunteer Day’s, and providing paid parental leave.
Amico wants to do something similar for Georgians. She wants to invest in them the way she has invested in her employees, so they too can reach their full potential.
To do that, she plans on:
• Increasing access to affordable health care by adding and helping hospitals in rural counties and by giving Georgians affordable health insurance options.
• Making sure every child has access to a quality public school education by innovating classrooms, weeding out bad teachers from good ones, and “partnering with businesses to increase vocational and technical training in high schools and community colleges so our students are ready for the workforce.”
• Staying out of political infighting and making our government more efficient by cutting ineffective programs, bureaucratic red tape, and taxes.
• Pushing for the growth and prosperity of businesses and their employees in Georgia’s economy.
If Amico sounds like the candidate you want to be the next lieutenant governor, vote on November 6, 2018. However, May 22 is the primary, so vote there, too.