A former state legislator and a retired educator are competing to fill the Ga. House District 20 seat vacated by Rep. Michael Caldwell who did not seek re-election after reaching his self-imposed term limit.

Republican Charlice Byrd and Democrat Ginny Lennox answered questions about themselves and their plans if elected, which follows:

Charlice Byrd

Education: BA Degree in Elementary Education

Residence: Woodstock

Party affiliation: Republican

Occupation: Community and political activist

Why are you the best person for the job?:

I strongly believe in substantial community and civic experience, active participation in a political party, and the ability to communicate and advocate the party’s principles. I am a proven conservative and believe in the core principles of decreasing the size of government, lessening the tax burden; promoting personal responsibility; protecting personal liberties and exercising the proper role of government. As someone who has served our community, I know what it takes to protect our community, lower our taxes, keep balanced budgets and fight for our values.

Relevant experience:

I served in the Georgia Legislature for four terms. There are many conservative principles in jeopardy, and I am concerned about the moral and fiscal direction of Georgia. Thus, if you want something done right, do it yourself and I want to be a conservative voice at the Capitol. My work at the capitol is not complete, and look forward to continuing the work of streamlining our government by holding it accountable, reducing its size and limiting its power. As progress is made, we will enjoy the benefits of lower taxes, less government, greater freedom and a burgeoning economy.

What are some specific things you would like to accomplish if elected?:

(1) We need to work to rebuild and grow our economy by adding good paying jobs, investing in workforce development and ensuring Georgia continues to have a great economic environment. (2) On my first day in office I would file the Georgia Government Accountability Act aka Sunset Bill. The bill’s aim is to establish a method by which the efficiency of state government is regularly reviewed and the productivity of each agency evaluated to ensure state agencies, departments and other entities are held accountable. (3) I would work with all stakeholders — city, county and state for Cherokee’s projects to be a priority. We can all agree that healthcare needs to be improved, costs reigned in and made affordable to the patients of Georgia. (4) The foster care program in Georgia is in need of reform and those children deserve advocates in the General Assembly.

Ginny Lennox

Education: Education Specialist degree, Lincoln Memorial University; Masters of Instruction, Administration and Supervision, State University of West Georgia; BS in Elementary Education, Kennesaw State University

Residence: Towne Lake

Party affiliation: Democratic

Occupation: Retired Educator

Why are you the best person for the job?:

Cherokee County has been my home for almost 30 years, and I am committed to helping everyone in House District 20 solve critical issues important to us all today: Healthcare, Education and the Environment. We must do what’s necessary to control COVID-19 in order to ensure the health of Georgians and our state’s economy.

It’s more important than ever to have leaders committed to affordable healthcare. For more than nine years my husband fought a rare lung disease. Because of that experience, as well as the concerns shared with me by people living in House District 20, I will work to solve unexpected healthcare problems that can face all of us. It’s not an easy problem to solve, yet by working together for the good of all it is solvable. I understand the problems schools face and will continue to face because of inadequate funding. I will be a voice in state government that protects our public safety and public schools, and by doing so, our children’s education. Our children and grandchildren deserve that and more, including clean air to breathe and clean water to drink.

Relevant experience:

I have a proven record of working with people who have differing opinions. I am able to bring people together to reach solutions. As an educator, I excelled at working with large groups of people. I helped solve problems before they got too big to solve. I have experience working in public schools, plus experience working with my late husband in our own small business. I understand the support business owners need from state leaders. I also bring life experience to the job — an understanding of what it means to be a working mom, a caregiver to a very ill spouse, and a friend to neighbors in times of need.

What are some specific things you would like to accomplish if elected?:

I want everyone to feel that they are represented and that their needs are being met. I will be a voice of reason. For too long we have lived in a divisive world. Problems can only be solved when we work together. I look forward to working with Democrats, Republicans and those who don’t feel they align with either major political party so that affordable and quality healthcare is available for all, our schools are adequately funded, and those working in schools receive the compensation they deserve. I will work tirelessly to protect our environment so that we can continue to live in a district that has clean air and water. It will be a privilege to represent the people of Cherokee County’s House District 20 and a responsibility that I will wholeheartedly embrace.

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Is Charlice related to Marty?

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