Finally, A Due Diligence Tool…

I talk about vetting candidates and knowing who you vote for all of the time. Well here is the answer to all of our prayers, The GCV Ballot. We must vote the entire ballot, regularly vetting and hiring the best candidate for these positions are vital to us as citizens. Pay close attention to the Public Service Commission positions they affect us directly in our bank accounts every month but we can change that, too. Here is the Civics Tool we all need, so get ready to Boss Up!

The GCV Voter tool shares information on the positions and its duties and responsibilities. Candidate information and their platforms, what they plan to do to make change and how they will or will not move policies forward are here on your very own build a ballot. Also candidate information on past posts or positions, how they vote and their outcomes. And how to vote is explained here, too. Four referendums, two amendments and eleven offices will be voted on in this midterm election. Please visit this tool and share it with everyone and make this dinner conversation for the next three weeks. I recieved my ballot immediately and seeing my choices in front of me with their pictures duties makes me feel empowered and like a BOSS.

Get to know Georgia Conservation Voters, GCVOTER.ORG and Kudos GCV and Thank you so much for creating this extremely valuable tool to help citizens obtain unbiased candidate information so that they can make enlightened decisions about the people, that want to represent us.

GCV Voters Education Fund supported BOSS UP a virtual online event in 2021.

The State of Democracy in Georgia

For environmental voters, safeguarding our democracy and increasing civic engagement is not an optional strategy: without it, we cannot and will not succeed in our fight to save our air, water, and people. We must advance and protect our democracy so that it is representative of and responsive to all the people that call this country home. For us, this means having transparent and accessible elections, and ensuring that elected leaders represent all of the people that live in their district, no matter where they come from, how much money they have, or the color of their skin. We must work to prevent unchecked corporate dollars from drowning out the voices of Georgians in our political process. In the democracy we seek, everyone has access to and meaningful involvement in their government and the decision-making about their lives and communities.  

A few interesting facts about civic engagement and voting in Georgia. (Source) repost from GCVEDFUND.ORG/DEMOCRACY.

10.52M The total population of Georgia as of 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

214 The number of polling places that have been closed across the state by Georgia county election officials since 2012.

300K The number of voters purged by Georgia’s Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger in December 2019 alone.

4% The percentage of Georgia’s electorate that got purged— more than enough to change the outcome of close elections

7.1M The number of people on Georgia’s voter rolls, down from the 7.4 million that were on the rolls before the recent voter purge.

159 The total number of counties in Georgia

500K The number of voters removed from voter rolls in 2017, this was the largest single removal of voters in Georgia history led by then secretary of state, Brian Kemp.

619 The total number of cities in Georgia


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Below Are The Scores Of The People Who Want To Represent Us.

Below are score cards from the Committee For A Better Atlanta, CBA.

Local elections are the most important to citizens because all of the elected hires determine how much taxpayers pay and how those funds will be spent. From mayors, city council, public service commissioners (I covered those guys last month) and court judges, all determine how much money we spend. Since so many people have interests in our dollars let’s put some focus on them. The CBA hosts several candidate forums throughout the spring and summer of local election years. This CBA score card is from the 2017 forums and clearly states who was QUALIFIED to do the job and who is UNQUALIFIED.

Here is are great research tools to do Due Diligence with and to help quell any thoughts about what prospective candidates and incumbents know the job they are applying for. Please acquaint yourself with the people who campaign for your vote so that you interview and choose representatives who will work on your behalf and not because you knew them as a child. Below is CBA’s score card for 2021 the scores are pretty amazing. I cannot deny I would like to see some of the very comfortable incumbents who don’t do a great job in their perspective communities become shook, for lack of a better word.

The score card above states that the District 11 representative did not participate, I watched the video and she did participate in the forum but her opponent did not, fast forward to 1:42:38, to see and hear from the district 11’s representative. I look forward to having great representation for southwest Atlanta but the writing is on the wall that we may continue to get what we have because of the apathy that is exercised in our communities by not doing due diligence and finding out who these people are and blindly giving votes to people who clearly do not deserve it.

Boss Up, here is a hint, if an incumbent is not meeting with their constituency on a regular basis to find out their wants and needs, they are not representing their constituents but rather collecting a paycheck on behalf of the citizens of Atlanta and that part time job, pays $60,300. Start grooming yourselves future Bosses, these city jobs require no experience, age requirement is 18 and if you love your community and Atlanta, please apply, we have a spot for you in 2025.

Score cards courtesy of the Committee For A Better Atlanta.

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Politics is a Long Game With Many Placeholders…

Hello Bosses, last week’s little shake up in Atlanta city politics comes as no surprise. Politics is a long game and some of the players, wait for the right time to stroll in and walk away with victory. As you begin to look closer at the opponents in this long game of the 2021 Atlanta Mayoral race it is easy to see many telling signs in the beginning. 1. How many candidates are in the race or how few, that has more to do with one’s ego and the “I think I can do this job better” syndrome. 2. How few opponents are in the race; this is more about respect for the one’s whom have announced and the true knowing that they are the best person for the position.

Incumbent Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, has withdrawn from the 2021 race after stating that she would mount a vigorous race for a second term after Felicia Moore’s announcement.

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The registered candidates thus far Felicia Moore and six others have officially joined the Atlanta Mayoral Race 2021. Bosses, please do your Due Diligence and research the candidates to see if they share in your values, needs and wants for Atlanta and yourselves. There is a lot of announcing and very few qualifications being shown off during this time of candidate interviews. Candidates are raising money, interviewing and unabashedly smiling into the camera but so few are qualified to do the job. Everyone is not a Maynard Jackson but for anyone that has a fraction of the experience and integrity please step up, please do so immediately. Four years is a short time for a true, long game.

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Registered candidates thus far Felicia Moore and six other candidates have officially joined the Atlanta Mayoral Race 2021. Bosses, please do your Due Diligence and research the candidates to see if they share your values and wants for Atlanta the same things that you do. There is a lot of announcing and very few qualifications being shown off during this time of candidate interviews. Candidates are raising money, interviewing and unabashedly smiling into the camera and so few are qualified to do this job everyone is not a Maynard Jackson but for anyone that has a fraction of the experience and integrity please step up, please do so immediately. Four years is a short time for a true, long game.