Steven Conner’s dream for Georgia does not reflect what he sees today.
Conner, 57 of Conyers, is running for State Representative – House District 94 because he is concerned about Georgia’s economic future. He decided to run the evening before the April 30 filing deadline and is unopposed.
"What I’ve seen in the last year and a half is our government is not very responsive to the people of Georgia," he said. "So I think I’m the one to help address that."
The Republican attorney’s platform is about jobs, transportation, safety and education.
"We should be able to simplify our tax code and the way we treat businesses in this state, and not simply give them a 2- or 3-year tax credit," Conner said. "I’m talking long term so my three children have jobs in the future."
Manufacturing and film and television production industries should be recruited to Georgia, he said. Also, job training programs like the Rockdale Career Academy should be expanded for residents of all ages, he said.
With transportation, Conner said the XPRESS commuter bus, which he has ridden to work to the State Bar of Georgia, is an example of a good rapid transit option.
Conner believes rapid rail transporting cars and people would get more of both off the road. He knows it is expensive to build, but the long-term benefits would pay for themselves.
His law enforcement career helped shape his public safety position. For about 15 years Conner was a Gwinnett County police officer. He also is an army veteran who rose to the rank of sergeant.
"It’s not just about officers driving down the road," Conner said. "It’s making sure our laws are written so officers can do their jobs. But you have to balance that with the rights of citizens."
Conner, who has a bachelor’s in history, a Master of Science and a law degree, does not think money will improve education. It starts at the state level, not the federal, he said. For instance, Conner wants virtual learning offered in Georgia public schools after seeing his children’s positive experience with it.
He feels his edge in the race is his richer life experiences.
"I’ve been through my share of disappointments and I’ve learned how to pick myself up and move on," Conner said "Right now, in general, we’re all suffering. I want to get people back into their homes and enjoying their lives."