Voters in south Forsyth will have a chance this year to choose their next state Representative for the Georgia General Assembly.
The race for District 25 state Representative will pit Republican Incumbent Todd Jones against Democratic challenger Anita Tucker.
Advance voting for Forsyth County started on Oct. 15 and today is the final day to do so ahead of the Nov. 6 election. No voting will be held on Monday, Nov. 5.
Advance voting will be open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Friday at the new Forsyth County Voter Registrations and Elections Office at 1201 Sawnee Drive and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hampton Park Library, the Midway Park Community Building and the Sharon Springs Park Community Building.
Below are some of the candidates’ stances on the issues.
Experience: Jones is a technology executive and was first elected as District 25 state Representative in 2016. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a specialty in finance and Juris Doctor from the University of Florida.
More info: Jonesfor.us
Jones favors a proposal to amend the state constitution allowing the collection of impact fees for schools from developers. He also favors changing the capital funding model for high-growth counties and ending common core curriculum.
Jones has pledged to never vote to raise taxes and favors replacing income tax with a Fair Tax and requiring voter approval before any tax increase.
Jones has said he supports legislation calling for term limits in the state and in Washington, D.C. and has committed to serving no more than eight years. He also favors legislation to protect religious freedom and is against who calls allowing the general assembly to pick business winners and losers.
Experience: Tucker is a volunteer activist and has worked in project planning. She earned a bachelor’s of science degrees in electrical engineering and industrial engineering technology from Southern Polytechnic State University. She ran for District 5 of the Forsyth County Board of Education in 2016.
More info: AnitaforGeorgia.com
Tucker opposes school vouchers, which allow parents to use part of the funding set aside for their children’s education to be used for private schools, and favors an education approach that does not focus only on standardized testing.
Tucker is in favor of affordable health care and expanding Medicaid in Georgia. She is also a supporter of Planned Parenthood.
She is a leader of a local chapter of Moms Demand Action and has received distinction as a “gun sense candidate from the group.” She has said she does not support barriers to Second Amendment rights but wants universal background checks and closing loopholes for private gun sales and wants to use technology for remote background checks.