Gregg Kennard for Georgia

Campaign Issues

 

Education

Jane Smith Used Online Candidate for her Campaign Website CMSThere is a critical window of time in early childhood education leading up to the pivotal third grade year. If a child is not reading on level by third-grade, the statistics are profound that predict the limitations on that child's future. We must resource our schools properly to make sure that every student is equipped for success with an emphasis on reading excellence, that pays dividends in every subject. Additionally, social studies has been dropped significantly in priority with curriculum goals, and I believe that many of our community crisis' have arisen as a result. A better understanding of people and culture is essential to a healthier and more respectful society. Social Studies needs a comeback in Georgia's public schools.

Too  Much TrafficCriminal Justice Reform

Georgia, despite making some positive changes in this area, leads the nation in the number of people on probation/parole (almost 500,000). Furthermore, a criminal record, in too many cases, is a lifetime sentence, impeding a returning citizen's ability to access housing, employment, and other critical resources; these barriers lead to recidivism. I believe that once someone has completed their time and restitution, then eliminate the record, except for extreme exceptions. Also, rehabilitation should overtake incarceration as the first option for an offender, and continued education should be accessible and mandated as part of any sentencing, creating better options once released.

Gun Control

JaneDoing nothing on this issue is unacceptable. 

A conservative estimate reveals that America has over 300 million civilian guns. That’s virtually one for every man, woman, and child, which by far outdistances the rest of the planet’s countries (India is 2nd with 46 million). The U.S. has 4.5% of the world’s population but we own 42% of the world’s guns.

Yes, mental illness is a factor. 
Yes, evil exists in the world and is a factor. 
Yes, there is violence in our movies and gaming and that is a factor.

BUT, the U.S. has NO MORE mental illness, bad people, nor people watching violent media than any other nation and yet we lead the world by far in violent deaths by guns for one and only one reason…we have an obscene amount of guns.

We do not violate the 2nd amendment by reforming our gun policies. Here are a few ideas to start.

• Ban bump-stocks…a no-brainer.
• Ban military-styled assault weapons/ammunition…a no-brainer.
• Create a registration process, like we mandate for our automobiles, for every gun. When there is transfer of ownership, public or private, the registration changes names and follows the new owner. No more private guns sales with no paper trail. All gun ownership documented in a national registry
• A stricter vetting process, perhaps requiring a formal psychiatric evaluation before a gun permit is issued. 

It is irrefutable, that the countries who have stronger gun laws, have less gun violence.

The Economy

JaneThere is enough wealth for everyone to prosper. Let's create better financial incentives for business owners to take greater chances on the marginalized and to deepen their investment into their employees. The wealth gap experienced in the U.S. is unacceptable; we are the richest national economy in world history. There are solutions that will create greater access to economic opportunity for everyone.

TRENDS

Gwinnett County will become the metro Atlanta region’s largest county by 2040, with a forecast population of 1.35 million.

Census data suggests that 13 percent of all households in Gwinnett live in poverty compared to 4.8 percent in 2000.

Georgia ranks 47th in the US for % of citizens having health insurance

We can do better. We will do better.

Civil Rights

JaneProgress has been made but many biases remain in subtle and covert forms, even legislative biases. Justice and equality is America's brand, and we must continue to manifest these ideas for all of Georgia's citizens: people of color, women, the LGBT community, and all other historically and presently marginalized groups. 

Public Transportation

JaneAccessibility to Georgia's opportunities for housing, jobs, education, entertainment, and consumerism is an important vision. Expansion of public transportation is key to our future growth.

 

 

 

 

Immigration

Jane

“I was a stranger and you took me in.” - Jesus

“You must regard the foreigner who lives with you as the native-born among you. You are to love him as yourself, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt; I am Yahweh your God." - Leviticus 19:34

 

 

 

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