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ISSUES

TOUGH ON VIOLENT CRIME

I will continue to be tough on violent crime as I have been during my 14 years of service. I have extensive jury trial experience having appeared in front of more than 100 juries in my career. In this community, I have prosecuted the most serious violent felons including murderers, predators, gang members, and human traffickers to the fullest extent of the law. 

SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS & SCHOOLS

We should keep as many people out of the courtroom as possible by being proactive and not reactive. I will work with child based community programs to educate children on the dangers of gang activity and gun violence. I would also like to work with our school systems to help them understand what to look for in regard to criminal gang activity and member recruitment and child predator activity within their schools.

REHABILITATION FOR A BETTER FUTURE

I believe we need to offer workshops to first-time, non-violent offenders so they can begin the process of removing first-time offenses from their records, leading them to clean records, better jobs, and reduced chances of getting in trouble again.

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We need to expand pre-trial diversion programs and accountability courts to focus on non-violent youthful offenders who are dealing with issues related to addiction, mental health, and poverty. These programs can help participants reach their full potential and be positive influences on our community.

P.O. Box 649

Athens, GA 30603

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