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Posted: August 8, 2010 12:30 a.m.

State Representative District 95 Democrat

Incumbent Rep. Toney Collins (D-Conyers) is facing Pam Dickerson, a former Delta flight attendant, in the Democratic State Representative District 95 runoff. The candidates were each asked five questions pertaining to their district.
E-mails were sent Wednesday evening and the candidates were asked to respond by noon Saturday. Collins did not respond and could not be reached by phone Saturday. Dickerson’s responses are below. District 95 contains portions of Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale counties.

1. What is your key issue, and what is the main reason you’re running for State Representative 95?


Dickerson: My key issue is education, and the main reason I am seeking this position is to better serve the constituents of the 95th District.

2. In order to be a successful state representative, a person has to be able to make connections with fellow legislators and other leaders and garner their support for bills and other initiatives. What about your background and personality makes you believe you would be able to accomplish those tasks?

Dickerson: I have been involved in community service most of my life. In seeking this position, I have developed relationships with business, civic, religious and other political leaders in the community  (CEO’s, School Superintendents, Chamber Leaders, Public Safety leaders, etc.) to address the needs of this district and will continue to stay abreast of their needs, as well as the  needs of  the people of  District 95.  I plan to be available, accountable and responsible, and I am also approachable.

3. Please describe what you believe are the major needs of residents in each of the counties within your district: Gwinnett, Rockdale and Newton.


Dickerson: In speaking with the people of the 95th District, their needs are not uncommon: better schools for their children, jobs and sustainable growth in their communities.

4. Why should Newton County voters, specifically, vote for you?

Dickerson: I would like the voters in Newton county to vote for me, because I have been in their communities asking for their votes, calling on the telephone, and I know I am the most qualified candidate to serve the community.

5. Do you believe House Bill 277, the 1 cent transportation SPLOST bill, is an appropriate way to fund transportation for local regions and communities? Why or why not?

Dickerson: The Special Purpose Local Option Tax is important because it allows all twelve regions to share the cost of improving transportation for economic development for our local communities. The additional benefit of this SPLOST is that there is always an oversight committee to ensure transparency.

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