MACON, Georgia (41NBC/ WMGT) – It’s State House District 144 democratic candidate’s turn to share with voters, their plans to tackle big issues in rural Georgia. District 144 candidates are vying for former legislator, Bubber Epps’ seat.
State House District 144 democratic candidates have the same focus, they all want to bring jobs. They expect better schools and healthcare will encourage more businesses to move to rural Georgia.
Gordon Mayor, Mary Whipple-Lue says school mass shootings is an epidemic. She wants to put a plan in place to make sure student’s safety. Whipple-Lue says the expansion of Medicaid is also needed with more than 45,000 people in the area without benefits.
“Is get with the legislatures and work with them. Particularly with the school board, the newly elected superintendent, and establish dialogue. We’ll work diligently with them to do that,” Whipple-Lue said.
Ex-military man, Gregory Odoms, served 4-years on Twiggs County Board of Education. He says changes needed with the school and health system. When that happens, Odoms says our interstates and railroads can be utilized for welcoming businesses.
“Businesses come in, [they’re] mostly on that corridor line of Monroe County, Houston County, Bibb County. We need someone to be at the table from Twiggs and Wilkinson County to solicitate the businesses to bring over on this side of the railroad tracks,” Odoms said.
Before putting her name on the democratic ticket, Jessica Walden had already worked on broadband initiatives in D.C. Walden says for job and school applications, internet is needed. It’s a key part of her vision, to encourage dual enrollment and more job options.
“To get to that airport or seaport, you got to come right through Central Georgia and so I really believe we have a chance to have a strong light put on us in these rural issues,” Walden said.
Mother of four, Cheyenne Warnock has been behind the scenes with Bleckley County Democrats. She says investment in infrastructure, healthcare and schools is needed to appeal to businesses. Warnock says adding more parks can also make a difference.
“Quality of life is a big issue out here. Many think parks are a luxury. Not everybody benefits from parks, but I think we do. We really need to bring businesses to this areas and as people choose where to bring their business, one of the things they do look at is quality of life. They look at schools and healthcare accessibility.