The race for Georgia House of Representatives District 22 seat features a rematch of the 2018 contest that saw Republican incumbent Wes Cantrell challenged by Democrat Charles Ravenscraft.

The two candidates answered questions about themselves and their plans if elected, which follows:

Wes Cantrell

Education: BS in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech, Mdiv from Southwestern Seminary

Residence: Hickory Flat

Party affiliation: Republican

Occupation: Marrieds Pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock

Why are you the best person for the job?:

I love this community. I have been deeply involved for over 28 years. I’m accessible and my values reflect those of the community.

Relevant experience:

Ministry

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

I’d like to continue lowering the income tax rate in Georgia and move toward a consumption tax (Fair Tax). I’d like to continue fully funding public education while working to provide parents with more options to find the best educational path for their children. I’d like to end the harmful tradition of time change and advocate for reform of the Board of Pardons and Parole. I will continue to oppose policies, such as casinos, which would harm our state’s economy.

Charles Ravenscraft

Education: High school diploma, some college, IBEW Apprenticeship School

Residence: Ball Ground

Party Affiliation: Democratic Party

Occupation: Union electrician

Why I am the best person for the job?:

I believe that I represent the average middle class worker in this area. I understand and have been through the struggles the average worker faces and I believe we need more people who can understand and relate to these issues in the State Assembly.

Relevant experience:

I have been in the position of being a job steward where we have to have knowledge of our contract and rules to mediate disagreements between the workers and the company. I have also been in various levels of leadership positions.

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

First is expand Medicaid in Georgia. Second is raise the minimum wage ($5.15/hr in Georgia). Third I would like to create a statewide vocational curriculum to help offer an alternative for those students who do not see college as an option.

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