Election day is finally here. When I cast my ballot on Tuesday morning, I'll be thinking about our future. Here in Georgia, we have much work to do to move our state forward. I'm involved in public service because I want Georgia to be the most competitive state in the nation.
Of all the issues we face, the most important is education. It impacts our local communities, our property values, and our competitiveness - both today and tomorrow. As the parent of a public school student, a former instructor at Georgia Tech, and a current MBA student at UGA, I have been a strong advocate for education while at the Capitol. If re-elected, I'll keep fighting to help move Georgia forward on this critically important issue. I firmly believe Georgia should set a goal to be in the top 20 nationally within 20 years.
While considering the future, I'll also be reflecting on my past. A decade ago today, I boarded a plane to return to the Middle East for my third overseas deployment. I flew out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on the night of November 5th and finally landed in Kuwait on the morning of November 7th. One of the hardest things I've ever had to do was say goodbye to my wife for the 3rd time in 3 years. I had to tell her that I was leaving and I would be gone for a long time. For those of you who have had that conversation, you know how difficult it is.
I share this with you because I think it's critically important that we elect leaders who believe in service in both word and deed. Of many defining differences between my opponent and me, this is certainly one of them.
I also share this with you because I want you to know that I can handle anything that gets thrown at me. My opponent, and those who have funded him, have run an incredibly negative campaign based on false and malicious attacks. It's regrettable, but it has not, in any way, dampened my enthusiasm for service. I know the voters of this district and they are good and decent people. And I also know that the campaign that my opponent has chosen to run does not reflect their values.
As I close, I'd like to say thank you. On that flight ten years ago, if I were asked to predict my future a decade later I never would have said I'd be a State Representative. I'm proud that I am, and I'm proud of what I've done for our district and our state.
I'm also proud that I ran an honest campaign that was based on the issues. If any voters have any last minute questions, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.