Politics doesn’t have to be like this.

In 2018, you have a choice in West Cobb.

My name is Andy Clark, and I’m the first Democrat to run for Georgia Senate District 37 in 20 years. Let’s work together to restore decency, common sense, and respect to our government.

Politics doesn’t have to be like this.

In 2018, you have a choice in West Cobb.

My name is Andy Clark, and I’m the first Democrat to run for Georgia Senate District 37 in 20 years. Let’s work together to restore decency, common sense, and respect to our government.

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About Andy Clark

 

 

My wife Shannon and I are the parents of two young kids. We live on the western edge of Cobb County, off County Line Road.

I was born at Northside Hospital in Atlanta and grew up in what’s now Johns Creek. My mom raised me and my sister, and my dad was a civil engineer.

I went to school at High Meadows in Roswell, then Marist in Brookhaven. I was Marist’s STAR Student and active in music and drama. If you saw a Marist football game in the early ’90’s, you probably saw me playing trombone.

For a while I left Georgia. I’ve been to all 50 states. I went to Rice University in Houston. I graduated in 1998 – the same year that Senate District 37 was last contested by a Democrat – and decided to become a lawyer.

The first time I really got interested in politics was as a student at the University of Chicago Law School. A constitutional law professor there was an Illinois state senator. We all thought he had a bright future, and might even become mayor of Chicago. Barack Obama, of course, had bigger things in mind. I volunteered for several political campaigns, including Obama’s, but didn’t think of running for office myself.

I’ve been a lawyer now for almost 17 years, and in that time I’ve done a bit of everything. I worked for large law firms where I defended big corporations like Walmart and Bank of America. I was a law school professor myself at Tulane in New Orleans. I was there in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina came through.

For the last three-and-a-half years I’ve run my own law firm. My practice focuses on appeals. That means a party has won or lost in a trial court and the case gets appealed to a higher court. I’ve represented people who were injured by a doctor’s mistakes or by a corporation’s carelessness. I’ve represented parents fighting for custody of their children. I won a federal appeal against Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren about conditions at the county jail. And I’m representing a small Baptist congregation in central Georgia whose elderly members lost control of their church assets to a megachurch.

As I’ve gotten to see how our Court of Appeals works, how our Georgia Supreme Court works, I’ve learned a lot about politics in this state. Some Democrats will disagree with me, but as I see it, up until pretty recently, here in Georgia we haven’t had it that bad under Republican leadership. Compare our state to North Carolina, where the state lost billions of dollars in business because Republicans didn’t like where transgender people were using the bathroom. Compare us to Missouri, where the Republican governor is under felony indictment for blackmailing a woman. Compare us to Alabama, where the Republican governor pleaded guilty and resigned, the Republican speaker of the house is in prison, and the Republican chief justice of the Supreme Court was Roy Moore.

I didn’t vote for Sonny Perdue or Nathan Deal. But with a few big exceptions, they practiced a business-friendly sort of Republicanism. They wanted jobs for this state. To get jobs, they kept a lid on the more extreme forces in their party. Gov. Deal vetoed the so-called religious liberty legislation that social conservatives wanted to use to attack gay marriage. Gov. Perdue took heat for not restoring our old segregationist confederate state flag after Gov. Barnes had taken it away. It could have been a lot worse.

I’m afraid it’s about to get worse. The generation of Republicans like Nathan Deal, who started out as Democrats, and who were pragmatists, is riding off into the sunset. We saw a preview of what’s to come in what the legislature did with the Delta fuel tax exemption. Delta had a discount program for NRA members. In the whole history of the program, it was only ever used by 13 people. It was a trivial thing. But after the high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Delta decided to stop partnering with the NRA. Delta had been on the verge of getting back a tax break on jet fuel that’s worth $40 million a year. And the legislature, led by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, the frontrunner in the governor’s race on the Republican side, decided to take that break away to punish Delta.

Whatever you think of the NRA, whatever you think of special tax breaks for Delta, that’s not the way a state of 10.5 million people should be run. Gov. Deal to his credit came out and said so. It’s tribalism. It’s resentment politics. It’s culture war politics.

We ought to be basing our policies on facts. We ought to be basing our policies on what works for everyday Georgians.

That’s me, and that’s what’s got me running.

My 15-Point Agenda for West Cobb and Georgia

Better Healthcare

1.   Provide medical coverage for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Georgians (including 30,000 in Cobb County alone), create thousands of new jobs, and start bringing $3 billion/year of our own tax money back from Washington by accepting Medicaid expansion.

Gun Safety

2.   Strengthen gun safety with universal background checks and an Extreme Risk Protection Order (or “red-flag”) law, while respecting an individual’s Second Amendment rights to own and carry firearms.

Women’s Rights

3.   Protect women’s reproductive rights while advancing policies that reduce abortions, like making contraceptive access easier and requiring fact-based sex education in public schools.

Paid Medical Leave

4.   Guarantee 8 weeks of paid family medical leave — paid for by the state, not the employer — for anyone working.

Higher Wages

5.   Raise the state minimum wage, and start indexing it to rise automatically with inflation, while letting local governments set their own even higher rates.

Credit for Working

6.   Pass the Georgia Work Credit – a state version of the Earned Income Tax Credit – effectively creating a negative income tax bracket for lower-wage workers.

Legal Marijuana

7.   Legalize recreational and medical marijuana, and end the War on Drugs.

Easier, More Secure Voting

8.   Safeguard voting rights with easier registration, more early voting locations, paper ballots, and an independent redistricting commission.

Education for All

9.   Fully fund public schools, while also supporting innovative alternatives – in ways that reduce educational inequality rather than increasing it.

Jobs for the Environment

10.   Promote clean and efficient power; protect our waters, forests, mountains, and coasts; and pursue advanced-energy jobs like we’ve pursued film-and-tv jobs.

Better Transportation

11.   Expand transit access in Cobb, without taxing places transit won’t reach, and get state funding for transit projects that help the whole state’s economy.

Protect Civil Rights

12.   Prohibit discrimination against minorities, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community – as part of a RFRA compromise if necessary.

Stand Up for Veterans

13.   End veteran homelessness in Cobb by funding a plan to quickly connect homeless veterans with housing.

Personal Data Security

14.   Establish a duty of businesses to safeguard their customers’ personal data, and enforce the duty against businesses that allow your data to be stolen.

Accountability for Politicians

15.   Bring accountability to politicians through term limits, and an end to the loophole allowing counties to borrow for stadiums without a public referendum.

Where is District 37?

Know Your Voting Locations and Dates

Check out Andy Clark for Georgia’s Voting Guide. You can check your voter registration, register to vote, find your polling location, and view your sample ballots.