Today I voted in my local district in the state of Georgia. I try to stay plugged into what’s happening in my state and nation, but it’s admittedly a challenge.
Staying informed on local and national level politics and policies is tough when you’re running a full time business.
However, I did my best over the last couple weeks to cram on the candidates and the issues that matter most to me.
Here are the results of my ballot, a citizen from Georgia’s 5th congressional district.
(X)= My Vote
(I) = Incumbent
US Senate Race
- M. Michelle Nunn, Democrat (X)
- Amanda C. Swafford, Libertarian
- David A. Perdue, Republican
This was a really tough decision for me. To be honest, as a business owner I favor more business friendly politicians, which means I typically lean republican on policy issues.
However, I’ve been massively disappointed in Federal level Republicans over the last several years.
Their obvious obstructionism to score political points, has been dis-heartening.
I want business friendly policy but I also want Washington reps who don’t threaten to crash the economy to play politics.
Shutting down the Government and nearly defaulting on our Debt is irresponsible.
Although it looks like the Republican’s will take a majority of seats in the US Senate, i’m weary of sending another Republican to US Congress. So for this vote, I’d like to send a Democrat to Washington. Michelle Nunn seems largely moderate, which I like.
I also have a soft spot for Southern Democrats.
US Congress 5th District
- (I) John R Lewis, Democrat (X)
He was the only person on the ballot. Running unopposed.
- Jason J. Carter, Democrat (X)
- (I) J. Nathan Deal, Republican
- Andrew T. Hunt, Libertarian
This was another tough decision. My favorite US President is Jimmy Carter. His grandson, Jason, is running for Governor, an office his grandfather held.
The thing I love about Jimmy Carter is his Humanitarianism.
You can find video of ole Jimmy on Habitat for Humanity builds well into his 80’s.
How someone spends their post-presidency tells you a lot about their real character.
Jason seems to be in that family mold.
I’m a big believer in family legacy as a mandate for how to live.
He served in the Peace Corps. He worked in South Africa working on education issues in the rural parts of that nation.
He’s married to a Journalist, which means we won’t get any journalistic suppression with this guy in the executive branch in GA.
So for me, the guy who gets out and serves people, can help but have a great deal of empathy and character.
In the south, I expect very little to change about the business climate based on the Governorship. So I went with who I thought the guy with high character was.
I voted for Jason Carter for Governor.
Secretary Of State
- Doreen Carter, Democrat
- (I) Brian P. Kemp, Republican (X)
I’m quite happy with Mr. Kemp’s office thus far. I’ve registered two businesses in the state of Georgia and had to interact with his office on a number of small business related issues.
His website could be a hell of a lot better, but I won’t hold that against him.
Georgia is one the best places do to business in the US.
He’s doing a fine job and I’m happy to support him for another 4 year term.