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 and State Representative Brad Raffensperger.
This candidate’s website says nothing about his childhood, but Raffensperger and his family have lived in Georgia since 1982.
As far as education goes, Raffensperger earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Western University and was awarded his MBA from Georgia State University. He is registered as a professional engineer in over 25 states.
Professionally, he is the CEO and owner of Tendon Systems, LLC, a specialty contracting and engineering design firm. He also owns and operates specialty steel manufacturing plants based in Columbus, Georgia and Forsyth County, Georgia that employ over 100 Georgians and others across the southeast.
Before becoming a representative, Raffensperger served on the Johns Creek City Council for three years and mentored 25 middle students at North Point Community Church. He is also currently a board member of the Ed Isakson/ Alpharetta Family YMCA.
As a Georgia State Representative, Raffensperger has had a conservative legislative record and serves the Energy, Utilities and Telecommunications, Insurance, Intragovernmental Coordination, and Juvenile Justice.
In 2016, he authored legislation HB 781 to require members of governmental boards and commissions to be citizens of the United States if they have the power to raise taxes, though any appointee could still serve in an ex-officio status without voting power to tax.
Raffensperger also sponsored HB 87 to reduce red tape by reducing the frequency that businesses must file with the Secretary of State’s office. Nathan Deal signed this bill into law in 2017.
Raffensperger himself is said to have never voted for a tax increase.
His did not really lay out a clear plan on his site for what he would do if elected to office. It has only said that Raffensperger would work with our Governor to limit the size of government, cut wasteful regulations that impede growth, and bring in some new businesses. In addition, he is quoted as believing that “unelected people who are not U.S. citizens should not have the legal power to tax Georgians.”
If that information is all you need to choose Raffensperger as Georgia’s Secretary of State, the elections will be held on November 6.