Who we are and where we stand.

Your Rights = Our Priority

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Bottom line up front: 

Together, we can work to end unreasonably harsh crime policies that result in mass incarceration and stand in the way of a just and equitable society.

The problem:

  • June 2017 marked the 46th anniversary of President Richard Nixon's declaration of a "war on drugs" — a war that has cost Americans almost a trillion dollars, has produced almost no effect on the supply of, or demand for, drugs in the U.S., and has contributed to making our country the world's largest incarcerator. Prohibition is an expensive law that is unjustly enforced. Each day that passes without the legalization of marijuana in Georgia, we lose job opportunities and send consumer money to illicit trades.
  • Nearly half the 184 Georgians shot and killed by police since 2010 were unarmed or shot in the back The only reason we have that number is because of in-depth reporting by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Police shootings have never been systematically tracked by state or federal agencies.
  • Police in Georgia can confiscate property without a conviction under a policy known as "civil asset forfeiture". The process violates people’s liberties and creates a profit motive to confiscate private property, often times without recourse. 

Our solution:

  • End the prohibition of cannabis in the state of Georgia. This will make Georgia the preeminent tourist location in the South, a much more attractive location for businesses, and return the right of Georgia's farmers to choose what they want to grow.
  • Reward those that do good. Select and promote members of Georgia's Law Enforcement community that demonstrate a fundamental understanding of citizens right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 
  • End civil asset forfeiture.
  • Mandatory, systematic reporting for any law enforcement-citizen interaction that results in the use of force. Trigger automatic investigation of agencies or departments that use deadly force with time-based requirements for public disclosure of records.

 

For more information:

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia

The Georgia NAACP

Georgia CARE Project

Peachtree NORML

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Excellence in Education

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Bottom line up front:

As a Georgia native, Jay has first-hand knowledge of our state’s public education system. His technical background and professional experiences make him an ideal candidate to lead our current education system and its scholars to greater heights.

The problem:

  • Overworked, undersupported, and underpaid teachers.
  • Shortage of graduates with trade skills and practical knowledge. Very few high school graduates possess the basic skills necessary to hold an entry-level position, internship, or apprenticeship. 
  • Systemic evaluations of learning objectives only focus on preparation for higher education. Not every high school graduate wants or needs to go to college immediately after graduating from a secondary school.
  • Performance on preparation for college, participation in college, and college completion continues to lag behind the national average.
  • Knowledge and resource silos between K-12, higher education, and industry leaders.
  • Racial disparities in the administration of school discipline, including the suspension or expulsion of kindergartners.
  • Inequalities in school performance between districts.

 

Our solution:

  • Pay teachers what they're worth and make sure they have the resources they need to be successful in and out of the classroom.
  • Ensure students are ready to work day one. Ensure learning objectives adequately prepare students, not only for higher education but also for immediate entry into a modern work environment.
  • Support and expand Georgia’s Systems of Continuous Improvement culture
  • Prevent the diversion of public funds to subsidize duplicate facilities. If a K-12 school is able to find sponsors for trade skills training or lab equipment, that's awesome. For those schools not in an environment to do so, we should remove barriers to access underutilized higher education facilities. 
  • Increase private/NGO stakeholder involvement in K-12 education. Build and maintain institutional relationships between K-12 schools, the University System of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia, skilled Veterans, industry trade groups, and business leaders.
  • Expand formal opportunities for curious students to connect with academic and industry experts. 
  • Continue to integrate free-market efficiencies into the educational model. Prioritize private/NGO partnerships such that our education system is representative of what the economy and community needs, not what the state government wants. Optimize to minimize the onerous role of government wherever feasible.

 

 

 

 

 

Let's keep our promise to Georgia's Veterans.

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Bottom line up front:

As a Marine Corps veteran, Jay has had first-hand experience with the challenges that face Georgia’s Veterans and active duty service members. 

The problem:

  • There are many challenges that face members of the military during their time of service and in their return to civilian life. 
  • Often times civilians have a hard time understanding how Veteran's experiences translate into skills that are valuable in the workplace.
  • Most Georgia Veterans enrolled in the VA health insurance program receive care at the Atlanta VA hospital and satellite clinics. These locations are often understaffed, overbooked, and under-resourced. Many Veteran's have to travel beyond their community to receive care at these locations.

Our solution:

  • Remove all barriers to Veteran success after transition and to help them reconnect with their community. 
  • Facilitate the translation of the extensive training Veterans receive into meaningful skill descriptions and connect them to roles in business leadership and community development.
  • Connect Georgia students to skilled Veterans with distinguished service records in order to foster trade skill education
  • Ensure that Veterans pursuing an education at a University System of Georgia or Technical College of Georgia are investing their benefits in an experience that rewards their quest for self-improvement.
  • Facilitate private/NGO partnerships with existing VA health facilities to cut wait times and to augment appointment availability and services offered
  • Ensure that as Federal VA Healthcare moves towards privatization, Georgia's veterans on the VA health insurance program receive quality healthcare at open market private/NGO facilities.

People first, politics second.

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Bottom line up front:

Jay knows what it means to work for a living and understands that legislation passed at the capitol has a real effect on the everyday lives of Georgia's families and the State's economy.

The problem:

Many laws and regulations passed by the General Assembly only serve special interests. They prohibit the organic growth of high tech firms in the state of Georgia, stifling competition and high paying jobs. 

Our solution:

  • Foster Georgia's start-up culture, remove roadblocks to innovation.
  • Quantitative and qualitative reviews to ensure all policies support sustainable growth and the protection of our citizen's livelihoods and civil liberties.
  • Objective, rigorous standards of empirical analysis to ensure the government in Georgia is held accountable to the citizens of our state.
  • Time-based evaluations of policy efficacy and outcomes integrated into every bill.
  • For any policy, look at the economics of the bill to ensure that it improves quality of life for all Georgians and reduces the deficit of the State budget. 

 

Am I In House District 42? How Can I Find Out?

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You can register to vote and find out which district you belong to here:

Georgia My Voter Page

Here is a link to a high-quality map of the district: 

Georgia House District 42

 

 

Libertarians are awesome.

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We are fully committed to non-violent civil rights advocacy. Through disciplined, positive action we can achieve any political objective that is morally right. The first step of becoming a Libertarian is to take an oath of non-violence (full pledge below). Beyond that first step, the heart of the Libertarian Party is to fight for the rights of every American citizen and the reduction of the government's role in our lives wherever possible. We believe in a Party that is inclusive of all peoples. We believe that the principles of the Party guide us to be the best stewards of our community resources. If you have any questions about the Libertarian philosophy, please feel free to contact us or your local Libertarian Party affiliate. We’d love to chat.

 

The Libertarian pledge, a statement individuals must sign in order to join the Libertarian Party of the United States, declares, "I hereby certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals."

 

For more information:

National Libertarian Party

Libertarian Party of Georgia

Libertarian Party of Cobb County

 

About Jay

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Jay Strickland is a Georgia native and Marine Corps veteran. He is a  Mechatronics Engineering major at Southern Polytechnic College at Kennesaw State University. He is a technical leader and serial entrepreneur. He has volunteered with several organizations including the United States Naval Hospital, Camp Courtney Chapel’s Okinawa Homeless outreach, the Gateway Elementary School Summer Reading Program, and the National Park Service. He is an avid musician and has performed with a variety of professional, academic and amateur ensembles. He isn't perfect, but this race isn't about him. This race is about protecting the rights and the pocketbooks of Georgia's citizens.