Val's Vision

As Georgians, we live in a beautiful state with great natural environments, strong business acumen, and, perhaps most importantly, citizens who care. The concern for our state will push us into a future in which we will all thrive. The potential is there for all Georgians to live long, healthy, and prosperous lives, not just the wealthy, the connected, or the lucky. But there is still work to be done to reach that goal. I am running to be the 3rd Congressional District Representative so that I can fight for what is best for our communities, our state, and our country.

My dedication to building a booming economy goes beyond the 3rd Congressional District, as it is my hope that all Georgians can thrive in all 159 counties, not just those at the top. Georgia has a reputation as one of the country’s best states to do business. However, we need to make Georgia one the best places in the country to be employed, live, and retire. The best way to deliver high-quality employment is to invest in small businesses and the assets that all companies need, like a well-educated workforce and robust infrastructure in the 3rd Congressional District. Promoting policies that support workers, eliminate obstacles to opportunity, and foster success for every family is the way to uplift Georgians.

When President Biden took office in 2021, he inherited an economy in freefall, a growing pandemic, dwindling employment, and banking and housing markets on the brink of collapse. Working with President Biden, Democrats vaccinated almost all Americans, stabilized the financial system, helped prevent a second Great Depression, and created millions of new jobs. The Republicans’ mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic leads us into the previous health and economic crisis.

 As your member of Congress, I will fight to guarantee that all Georgians could succeed and that all working families can enjoy economic security. We must work hard to extend relief to every Georgian so that no one is left behind. Republicans provided taxes cuts for the wealthy. In contrast, Democrats are fighting to provide relief for working families, help small businesses and homeowners, and strengthen consumer protections. Despite COVID-19’s effect on almost every industry in our economy, we must provide relief for hardworking Americans who’ve lost employment through no fault of their own. I will not be satisfied until every Georgian who wants to work can find quality employment. We will meet the challenges of this modern century by stimulating job creation, rebuilding our infrastructure, and investing in clean-energy technologies and small businesses.

Together, we will!

No matter their ZIP code, every child deserves access to a quality public K-12 education and affordable post-secondary education. Our children’s lives are the fate of our economy. We know that as the global marketplace grows more competitive, we need to expand opportunities for quality education and valuable job skills. I will advocate for the teachers that preparing our children for the jobs of tomorrow.

 

History has shown that Democratic leaders have been instrumental in championing the cause of quality public education. Landmark legislation, the G.I. Bill, was passed in 1944 by President Franklin Roosevelt to provide higher education opportunities to World War II veterans. It was this G.I. Bill that defined the modern American middle class. Intending to supply quality education to every child, a Democratic-controlled Congress under President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965 legislated the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Recent Democratic legislative victories have further increased access to higher education, restructured and dramatically expanded college financial aid, and improved student outcomes. Furthermore, President Obama addressed big banks’ role in student loans in 2010 by signing into law student loan reform that removed their participation. To make it easier for students to pay back student loans, the Obama administration also doubled investment with Pell Grants reform. President Biden already approved $1.5 billion in federal student loan forgiveness and forbearance.

 

All this work to make quality education more accessible and in reach of every child hang in the balance now. As the Republicans attempted to walk us back from these fantastic leaps forward that we’ve made on education, we must keep fighting to elect Democrats who will advocate for education.

I am committed to investing in the needs of all students, from high-quality, affordable childcare and pre-kindergarten programs, continuing through fully funded public schools, and finally onto post-secondary opportunities that will lead to a lifetime of success.

As your 3rd Congressional District Representative, I will fight to:

  • Prioritize safe schools and help provide a weapons-free learning environment for all teachers and children
  • Endorse and fund child mental health services
  • Make public colleges and universities tuition-free for all families with incomes below $125,000
  • Support the expansion of programs that provide tuition-free community and technical college and trade school and need-based financial aid for a path for debt-free graduation
  • Protect Georgia’s public schools from privatization by supporting total and dedicated funding

Together, we can make a better Georgia.

We made significant advances fighting climate change and protecting our nation’s public lands, waterways, and air quality under President Obama. The Biden’s Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency issued new fuel-economy standards. The EPA also took steps to regulate the greenhouse gas emissions. But under the last Administration, our country became the only nation globally that was not a party to the Paris Agreement. Donald Trump has called climate change “a hoax invented by the Chinese,” and by choosing to ignore the scientific community’s consensus on climate change, he put our country’s health, security, and economy at risk

 

 Climate change is one of our country’s most significant challenges. Addressing this imperative danger could make America the world’s clean energy leader and create prosperity with millions of good-paying jobs. The collaboration of the everyday people, the scientific community, and the public and the private sector is key to confronting our most significant environmental challenges and paving the way to a more sustainable America.

President Biden and the Democrats have committed to champion protecting our waterways, air, coasts, and communities from environmental hazards. As a member of Congress, I will fight to curb the effects of climate change, protect Georgia’s natural resources, and ensure the quality of our air, water, and land for current and future generations. I will work to strengthen these protections and create green jobs connected to environmental protection for Georgians. Additionally, I will advocate for policies that address climate change and prioritize preserving the health of our environment for the betterment of our citizens and economic prosperity.

As your 3rd Congressional District Representative, I will fight to:

  • Support advancements in renewable energy respecting Georgia initiatives 
  • Fight for environmental equality by ensuring that our low-income communities are not bearing the brunt of pollution.
  • Fight to keep coal ash from our clean water supply.
  • Safeguard our neighborhoods from climate change

For a stronger Georgia — a stronger America, full inclusion and equal rights are essential for everyone. I believe that every American is equal regardless of race, sex, religion, ethnicity or national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age. Democrats have a long and proud record of defending civil rights and expanding opportunity for all Americans. From the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009 to John Lewis Voting Right Act to For the People Act, Democrats have fought to end discrimination in all forms. I plan to uphold that legacy.

I am committed to protecting voting rights, freedom of religion, women’s rights to make their own healthcare decisions, and equal rights for LGBTQ+ individuals. No matter who you are, who you love, where you’re from, how you worship, or your political affiliation, I believe in treating every person with basic human dignity and respect. Only when every person and family has ensured the freedom and opportunity to thrive will we truly succeed.

As your 3rd Congressional District Representative, I will fight to:

  • Champion robust anti-discrimination laws to advance protections for all workers
  • Protect LGBTQ+ individuals from violence and work to end the epidemic of violence against the transgender community, particularly transgender women of color. 
  • Work collaboratively with legislators to ensure that protections against harassment are robust, comprehensive, and just for all citizens.

        Ensure fair treatment of all individuals in the criminal justice system.

Together, we can make a better Georgia.

Vote for me! I will fight for you.

By making quality and affordable healthcare obtainable, President Obama delivered on a long-awaited promise that the American people had been in dire need of for decades. He made history by signing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law in March 2010. This victory to the American people resulted from a big fight opposed by republicans and big businesses and a long history of maintaining the status quo.

Although the ACA provided over 100 million Americans with peace of mind from being denied coverage or paying sky-high premiums due to pre-existing conditions, it’s still very much in danger. Some see quality healthcare as a luxury, and the ACA has faced severe opposition since its establishment. However, healthcare is still a fundamental right that we must protect.

The current COVID-19 pandemic shows us how ill-prepared our national healthcare system is in protecting the people. Significant improvements are needed. Sick Americans should not have to make difficult choices between seeking medical care and staying financially afloat. The pathway forward is to enhance the reach of the ACA and expand Medicaid and Medicare. As a healthcare student, a provider, a patient (prostate cancer survivor), and a patient’s family member, I have seen both sides of the healthcare system. My fight against cancer exposed me to the high cost of obtaining essential medical services, prescriptions, devices, and repeated office visits. American healthcare is in a state of crisis. It will take someone who understands science and how the healthcare system works to help resolve the many challenges and prioritize the health and safety of our communities.

As your 3rd Congressional District Representative, I will actively work with President Biden to do all that I can to protect the ACA from Republican efforts to dismantle it. Like Biden, I know that to make the ACA better isn’t to start over but to expand choices offered, reducing costs of medications and deductibles. I will align with other Democrats committed to preserving and protecting the ACA and the peace of mind it has brought to millions of Americans. The progress we have already made is significant, but there is still work to extend and maintain it for the coming generations.

As your 3rd Congressional District Representative, I will fight to

  • Safeguard affordable care for Georgia’s elderly population
  • Support ACA with lower premiums, expand Medicaid and expand Medicare coverage
  • Help alleviate the stigma of mental illness by making counseling services available and part of the healthcare system
  • Encourage the use of state and federal funding to help supply dependable healthcare to the poorest areas and rural areas
  • Allocate funds to help protect women’s health issues

Together, we can make a more prosperous Georgia for everyone, and access to healthcare is critical.

Vote for me! I will fight for you.

I believe in Georgia’s promise and, as the next member of Congress from Georgia’s 3rd district, I’m committed to upholding and protecting the U.S. Constitution.

As your member of Congress, I intend to uphold every citizen’s right to equal and impartial justice under the law. I believe elected officials must protect the rights of all Georgians and the integrity of the democratic process. I will responsibly sponsor and support legislation that benefits the common good, protects Georgia citizens from discrimination, and protects our liberties. Our laws should not compromise our rights, and our system must deliver fair and impartial justice.

As your 3rd Congressional District representative, I will fight to:

  • Support hate crime legislation that increases criminal penalties for acts of violence or intimidation committed because of a victim’s race, color, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, gender, or a disability
  • Support funding and staffing of ethics regulating agencies with protection for whistleblowers from retribution
  • Oppose any restrictions that disenfranchise voters and support an open, verifiable voting system that encourages all voters to participate in our great Democracy
  • Support federal and Georgia state legislation to eliminate unfair restrictions on workers to organize unions in the workplace and enforcement of existing labor laws that protect workers    

Together, we can make a better Georgia.

Vote for me! I will fight for you.

Voting is one of the founding principles that our Democracy is built upon, and it should never be taken for granted. The focus should go beyond the presidential elections, but change starts with your local representatives. Your congressional leaders not only shape federal policy but also help shape state and county strategy.

Voter Registration Application

To register to vote, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a legal resident of the county
  • Be at least 17 1/2 years of age to register and 18 years of age to vote
  • Not be serving a sentence for conviction of a felony involving moral turpitude
  • Have not been found mentally incompetent by a judge

Register now to vote online.

Download a Voter Registration Application

Please download a fillable, postage-paid voter registration application in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Provide your information on the form, print, and mail.

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Georgia counties issue precinct cards after reviewing and processing applications. Please allow the county at least 3 to 4 weeks before contacting your county. 

Georgia citizens have access to several convenient methods of registering to vote:

  • Download, complete, and mail a voter registration application.
  • You can go to your local county board of registrars’ officeor election office, public library, public assistance office, recruitment office, schools, and other government offices for a mail-in registration form.
  • Registration is offered when you renew or apply for your driver’s license at the Department of Driver Services.
  • College students can obtain Georgia voter registration forms or the necessary forms to register in any state in the U.S., from their school registrar’s office or from the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Military and Overseas Voting

No matter where you are in the world, your Georgia voting rights are in effect. Voting in elections does not have to be difficult or challenging. WE are here to provide you with information on voter registration and absentee ballot applications. Both electronic and direct mail options are available for Military and other overseas voters. If you choose the Electronic Ballot Delivery (EBD) method, you must provide an accurate email address. Although Electronic Ballot Delivery only applies to federal elections, we want to make sure that you are well informed.

United States citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and qualified family members residing outside the U.S. are entitled to supplementary voter registration and absentee voting opportunities under the Uniformed and

 Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is commonly referred to as UOCAVA. Find out more.

The right to work in a safe environment is fundamental to all Americans. Strong labor unions lead to a robust middle class. Even today, in 2022, so many Americans, including here in Georgia, face restrictions on their ability to advocate and organize for greater workplace protections. Employers have proven benefits, including a stable and better-trained workforce, higher productivity, lower employee turnover, and improve workplace communication. As a proud union member, I will fight for the right to organize the workplace and be protected from retaliation or intimidation by management. 

I believe in equal pay for equal work. The 1963 Equal Pay Act protects both men and women against wage discrimination, but today, in the 21st century, there is still rampant gender discrimination. On average, women only make $0.81 for every dollar a man makes. There is a need to enact more robust policies that tackle gender inequality and removes the remaining barriers that deny the total equity of women in the workplace. As a member of Congress, I will support legislation that ensures equal pay for women, paid family leave for all and paid medical leave. I will also fight to ensure women have access to high-quality reproductive health care services.

As your member of Congress, I will fight to guarantee that all Georgians could succeed and that all working families can enjoy economic security. We must work hard to extend relief to every Georgian so that no one is left behind when Republicans cut taxes for the wealthy but not the middle class. Democrats are moving to provide relief for working families, aid small businesses and homeowners, and strengthen consumer protections. Despite COVID-19’s effect on almost every industry in our economy, President Biden is providing relief for hardworking Americans who’ve lost employment through no fault of their own. I will not be satisfied until every Georgian who wants to work can find quality employment. We will meet the challenges of this modern century by stimulating job creation, rebuilding our infrastructure, and investing in clean-energy technologies and small businesses.

Rural America feeds and fuels our country and the rest of the world. A healthy, vibrant rural America is essential to the success of our country. I support President Biden plan to revitalize and to build a new rural American economy for our families and the next generation:

 

  • “Create millions of new jobs, including new opportunities in rural America.
  • Rescue and revitalize Main Street because small businesses are the engine of our economy and the lifeblood of our communities.
  • Stand up for American farmers, ranchers, and fishers.
  • Advance racial, economic equity in rural America, including by tackling longstanding inequities in agriculture.
  • Support working families in rural America, including enacting well over a dozen middle-class tax cuts and not raising taxes one penny on any person making less than $400,000 a year.
  • Protect and build on the Affordable Care Act to expand access to health care in rural communities.
  • Expand broadband, or wireless broadband via 5G, to every American.
  • Invest in rural public schools and colleges.
  • Conserve our public lands, bolster community resilience, and address the changing climate.
  • Partner with rural communities to help them entirely access federal resources.”

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