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 Senator Josh McKoon.
Professionally, McKoon has worked as an attorney for the firm of McKoon & Associates and for Page, Scrantom, Sprouse, Tucker & Ford, P.C.
But everything changed in 2009, according to his campaign website, when McKoon faced the Georgia Supreme Court to defend pro-bono, a group of local citizens who felt their tax dollars were mishandled by local government officials. This case eventually pushed him into getting involved in politics, so he could “hold Government accountable to its citizens.”
In 2011, he became a state senator for District 29, Muscogee, Harris, Troup, and Meriwether Counties. Since being elected, McKoon has “passionately focused his efforts on furthering government transparency and accountability, which included ethics reform, as well as more transparency through the legislative committee process.”
In practice, he has introduced and campaigned for a now-passed bill that limits lobbying gifts to state officials. McKoon has also improved transparency in the committee process. Because of his work, conference committee reports are required a 24-hour review period before any vote is taken on proposed legislation, and a $400,000 budget expenditure has been allocated to wire every Senate committee room with video recording technology to live-stream meetings in real time.
After the “tumultuous” 2016 election cycle and its media reports of election tampering, fraud, and illegal vote allegations, McKoon has decided to run for Secretary of State to “do his part in preserving and defending the bedrock principals of which our nation was founded – ensuring that Georgia elections are honest and fair.”
If elected, McKoon promises in his bulleted list to:
• Prevent illegal immigrants from improperly voting.
• Require photo ID for every vote cast.
• Reform the licensure process to make it easier for Georgia’s citizens to start and grow their own business.
• Implement a database to track all state expenditures.
If McKoon sounds the candidate for you, the elections will be held on November 6.