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 and former State Representative Dee Dawkins-Haigler.
On her campaign website, it says nothing about Dawkins-Haigler’s childhood, but it has plenty to say about her accomplishments. She is an ordained pastor and minister, college educator, community activist, politician, business owner, and political strategist. And that’s only the beginning. Deep Breath.
Dawkins-Haigler served eight and a half years as a Georgia State Representative from June 2008 to January 2017.
She also served in the Georgia General Assembly where she was Chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus and Chair of the Georgia Women’s Legislative Caucus. In addition, Dawkins-Haigler served as the Chaplain for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL), the National Director of Regional Coordinators for the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women), and a State Director for both Women in Government and the National Council of State Legislators Women’s Network.
As far as business goes, Dawkins-Haigler is the Owner of DDH & Associates and Executive Director of TIME 1000, an organization dedicated to helping 1,000 women and minorities get elected to public office or receive board appointments. So far, she has trained women from Liberia, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo on gender issues, health, entrepreneurship, education and running for office.
In addition, Dawkins-Haigler is the Founder/President of the Organization of World Leaders, aka OWL, a consortium of leaders in Government, Law, Business, Health, Finance & Politics dedicated to working together to build alliances for economic sustainability and growth in Africa and the diaspora; the Founder of One Georgia, an organization dedicated to bringing together clergy, elected officials, social and civic groups, civil rights organizations and fraternities and sororities for the collective purpose of promoting issues important to the African American and Hispanic communities with a special emphasis on economic justice and parity; and the Organizer of the Minority Cannibas Coalition, or MCC, an organization dedicated to promoting equity and access in the Cannibas Industry.
Politically, she is an advocate for children and youth, especially for those who have been impacted by poverty. This work led her to be appointed to the Juvenile Parole Board for the State of South Carolina by Governor Jim Hodges, where she was the youngest and first African American to serve as Chair of the board. Dawkins-Haigler is also an advocate in the fight against human trafficking, domestic violence, and teen dating violence. She produced the documentary/drama “Black Girls Die Too: The Back Page Murders” which chronicles the death of 14 Black Women murdered as a result of online human/sex trafficking.
In her free time, Dawkins-Haigler is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. National Council of Negro Women and the Order of Eastern Star and is a past Regional Officer for Jack and Jill of America and is President of the East Metro Orchids.
If Dawkins-Haigler is elected as the next Secretary of State, she promises to:
• Improve access to voting by promoting online registration, pushing for same day registration, allow people to vote at any place in their county, and encourage early voting.
• Provide voters with electronic paper ballots and receipts for verification after voting.
• Ensure that all corporations in Georgia comply with state law and clean up the corporate database.
• Simplify the process for professional licensure.
If Dawkins-Haigler is the candidate you want to elect, voting takes place on November 6.