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Executive Races

Lt. Governor

A look at the candidates running for lieutenant governor. All statements, answers, and information found within the 159 Georgia Together voter guide were collected via an electronic survey. Due to the sheer volume of information collected and the number of candidates that submitted survey data, all of the information presented in the guide is verbatim per the input from the survey participants (including any spelling or grammatical errors).

Geoff Duncan (R)

TOP 3 PRIORITIES IF ELECTED

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DO YOU SUPPORT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PREVENT BUSINESS OWNERS AND EMPLOYERS FROM DENYING SERVICES TO LGBTQ PEOPLE AND OTHERS BASED ON THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS?

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DO YOU SUPPORT ENDING CASH BAIL FOR LOW-LEVEL OFFENSES? 

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DO YOU SUPPORT THE CREATION OF A NON-PARTISAN INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSION?

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WOULD YOU SUPPORT AN ENGLISH-ONLY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IF IT WERE ON THE BALLOT?

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DO YOU SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF WORKERS TO FORM A UNION AND BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY?

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DID YOU/DO YOU SUPPORT GUNS ON CAMPUS?

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DO YOU SUPPORT ELECTRICITY RATE INCREASES TO COMPLETE TWO NUCLEAR REACTORS AT PLANT VOGTLE?

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DO YOU SUPPORT CHANGING GEORGIA'S VOTING SYSTEM TO A VOTER-MARKED (PEN OR PENCIL) PAPER BALLOT WITH OPTICAL SCANNERS?

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DO YOU SUPPORT THE EXPANSION OF EARLY VOTING?

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DO YOU SUPPORT PUBLIC VOUCHERS BEING USED FOR PRIVATE AND/OR CHARTER SCHOOLS?

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DO YOU SUPPORT MEDICAID EXPANSION OR ANOTHER GEORGIA-SPECIFIC PLAN TO EXTEND HEALTH INSURANCE TO LOW-INCOME GEORGIANS?

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WILL YOU SUPPORT POLICIES AND LEGISLATION THAT INCREASE ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE, INCLUDING ABORTION, AND OPPOSE POLICIES AND LEGISLATION THAT LIMIT OR REDUCE ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE, INCLUDING ABORTION?

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WOULD YOU SUPPORT EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SECURITY FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE RETIREES AND PUT THE PROGRAM ON A MORE STABLE FISCAL PATH?

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DO YOU SUPPORT A LIVABLE WAGE OF A MINIMUM OF $15 PER HOUR?

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Sarah Riggs Amico (D)

TOP 3 PRIORITIES IF ELECTED

Improving Georgian's healthcare system, including expanding Medicaid. Improving our public schools through fully funding their efforts for more than one year. Creating better jobs and building the economy of the future in Georgia.

DO YOU SUPPORT LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PREVENT BUSINESS OWNERS AND EMPLOYERS FROM DENYING SERVICES TO LGBTQ PEOPLE AND OTHERS BASED ON THEIR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS?

Yes. Recently, the Georgia Senate passed their bill allowing discrimination in adoptions.  This was wrong on its face, and it threatened to harm our most vulnerable, namely, our children in need of adoption and foster care. Additionally, it hurt the state of Georgia’s reputation and future economic development. While lawmakers avoided the worst aspects of this adoption law, simply avoiding harm is not enough.  As your next Lt. Governor, I will do all I can to proactively declare Georgia as safe and open to all people.  

DO YOU SUPPORT ENDING CASH BAIL FOR LOW-LEVEL OFFENSES? 

Yes. Ability to pay should not affect the results of our justice system.  Moving to a more "evidence based assessment" can allow a most of not all low level offenders the ability to remain working and with their family. This is important if we want to break the incarceration cycle.

DO YOU SUPPORT THE CREATION OF A NON-PARTISAN INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSION?

Yes. I support any action to combatting Gerrymandering.  I feel a non-partisan independent redistricting commission would accomplish this, but I am open to other options as well such as algorithmic redistricting.  Our Democracy should be based on voters choosing their representatives, not the other way around.

WOULD YOU SUPPORT AN ENGLISH-ONLY CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IF IT WERE ON THE BALLOT?

No. As the wife of an immigrant, I choose to welcome those who come to this country seeking a better life. While I believe it is good for immigrants to learn english, to fail to provide access to other languages unfairly isolates these individuals and moreover, leads to less effective government services.

DO YOU SUPPORT THE RIGHT OF WORKERS TO FORM A UNION AND BARGAIN COLLECTIVELY?

Yes. At my company, Jack Cooper, we are proud to work with and support Unions. We employ hundreds of Union truck drivers that haul all across America.  We believe that providing greater benefits is an investment in our workforce that has paid off by growing our business.

DID YOU/DO YOU SUPPORT GUNS ON CAMPUS?

No. Something has to be done when our kids are being gunned down in our schools. I understand to some the impulse is to defend our schools by arming them.  However, this will lead to a higher incidence rate not a lower.  The fact of the matter is, teachers should teach, students should learn, and lawmakers should pass more common sense gun reform legislation to protect our kids.

DO YOU SUPPORT ELECTRICITY RATE INCREASES TO COMPLETE TWO NUCLEAR REACTORS AT PLANT VOGTLE?

No. Southern Company has seen higher profits this year over last. They should by investing this money into projects before raising rates.  Furthermore, because of our ample sunlight, high number of engineers, and lower wages, Georgia should be installing more solar than it currently is.

DO YOU SUPPORT CHANGING GEORGIA'S VOTING SYSTEM TO A VOTER-MARKED (PEN OR PENCIL) PAPER BALLOT WITH OPTICAL SCANNERS?

Yes. Paper ballots are a key tool in monitoring elections. voting machines can be hacked or otherwise tampered with, paper receipts cannot.  We need the paper receipt to ensure that our democracy is sound.

DO YOU SUPPORT THE EXPANSION OF EARLY VOTING?

Yes. Lawmakers should be making it easier to vote, not harder. Civil society is only strengthen by active citizenry.

DO YOU SUPPORT PUBLIC VOUCHERS BEING USED FOR PRIVATE AND/OR CHARTER SCHOOLS?

Yes. I do not mind voucher being used in limited situations, because the quality of an education shouldn't be determined by your zip code. However, I believe before we promote vouchers or any other innovation, we must make the foundational elements of our system strong.  Public Schools must be fully funded and our teachers paid a wage commensurate with their value to society.  Only then should we even thing of other ways to improve our school system.

DO YOU SUPPORT MEDICAID EXPANSION OR ANOTHER GEORGIA-SPECIFIC PLAN TO EXTEND HEALTH INSURANCE TO LOW-INCOME GEORGIANS?

Yes. The lack of Medicaid expansion has been a big mistake for Georgia.  Refusing a program that is over 90% federally funded makes no fiscal sense, and has resulted in the most vulnerable Georgia residents being denied healthcare, the threatened closure of rural hospitals, and the state foregoing more than 3 billion in federal funds per year.  Medicaid expansion is the right thing to do both morally and fiscally. As Lt. Governor I would do everything I can to expand Medicaid within the state. 

WILL YOU SUPPORT POLICIES AND LEGISLATION THAT INCREASE ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE, INCLUDING ABORTION, AND OPPOSE POLICIES AND LEGISLATION THAT LIMIT OR REDUCE ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE, INCLUDING ABORTION?

Yes. On this sensitive issue in Georgia, I choose to lead with compassion and empathy.  If your goal is to reduce the number of abortions you should start with expanding access to contraception.  Contraceptives are nearly universally popular and cost effective in reducing unwanted pregnancy.  With regards to abortion, I believe that not only is it settled law at this point, but it is not my or the governments place to tell a woman what to do with her own body.

WOULD YOU SUPPORT EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN SOCIAL SECURITY FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE RETIREES AND PUT THE PROGRAM ON A MORE STABLE FISCAL PATH?

Yes.

DO YOU SUPPORT A LIVABLE WAGE OF A MINIMUM OF $15 PER HOUR?

No. We need to be raising the wages and benefits of Georgia's workers. I worry that a mandate to 15 dollars an hour would hurt the very people it aims to help, leading to job loss.  I support raising the minimum wage  more gradually and in addition investing in education and training to give Georgians the skills to increase their wage rates without government mandate.

Wendy Cromwell