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 Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle.
On his campaign website, it says that Isle’s family has been living around Atlanta for six generations. From there, it gets even more specific about his childhood.
Isle was born at Crawford Long Hospital and grew up in Gainesville, Georgia, where he and his brother grew up around their family’s business at the Gainesville Airport. At only ten, Isle started his own business washing the cars of airport customers. He also went on to learn how to fly before he learned how to drive.
As far as education goes, Isle graduated from North Hall High School and from the University of Georgia. While at UGA, he majored in marketing, marched with the Red Coat Band, got involved in debating with the Demosthenian Society, and found his future wife. They were married on the same day he graduated college in 1997.
After that, Isle attended Law School at Georgia State University and earned his JD and MBA in 2000. Then, he began his legal career in litigation and aviation law before he moved to Savannah and became interested in real estate law and closings. Now, Isle runs his own real estate business.
In 2003, Isle moved back to Atlanta to work at a closing firm in Cherokee County, and in 2005, he moved back to Alpharetta, where his life took an interesting turn.
The website tells it better than I do. In their words:
“It was about this time that David became very interested in the development of his new hometown of Alpharetta. He didn’t know anyone in local politics, and other than a short college internship at the Georgia Capital, he had very little exposure or experience with the political process. However, he became passionate about connecting with citizens and representing their interests in seeing a full development of downtown Alpharetta, so he ran for City Council as an underdog and pulled off a win.”
Later in 2012, Isle was elected the Mayor of Alpharetta and has kept the job for over six years. During his term, he has brought the city “a new downtown, a technological college, a technology incubator, a conference center and Avalon, a popular mixed-use development.”
In addition, Isle has established Alpharetta as “The Technology City of the South.” He founded Tech Alpharetta, Georgia’s first technology commission. He led leaders to grow Alpharetta’s economy to “over 640 technology companies, 100,000 jobs, and over 12,000 new technology careers.” Isle is also the organizer of Georgia’s first AgTech Conference which will be held in 2019.
If Isle is elected Georgia’s Secretary of State, he promises in a bulleted list that:
• He will defeat voter fraud and champion Georgia jobs.
• He will require a photo ID for all absentee ballots.
• He will improve Georgia’s voting system to require a paper and electronic record of votes.
• He will implement the Proof of Citizenship Act.
• He will help veterans by honoring their professional licenses that were earned in other states.
• He will eliminate needless and burdensome regulations for job creators.
• He will grow Georgia’s technology, agriculture, and logistics industries.
If you think he is the right candidate for the job and you want to make his life more interesting, the election will be held on November 6.