GCDD 2018 Candidate Forum on Disability Issues

Register by Oct 5! GCDD Candidate Forum on Disability Issues - Oct 11, 2018, Atlanta

 Register here for the 2018 Disability Issues Forum

Mark your calendars for the 2018 GCDD Candidate Forum on Disability Issues! This event will give Georgians with developmental and intellectual disabilities, their families, and community members the opportunity to hear from candidates running for the offices of Secretary of State, Superintendent of Schools, and State Insurance Commissioner as they speak on issues important to the disability community. GCDD invites the public to register online to attend the free event by October 5. Space is limited, and registration is required. Doors open at 5 PM.

Free parking is available adjacent to the James H. “Sloppy” Floyd Building, and the building is also accessible by MARTA. The Georgia Advocacy Office will present sample ballot and voting booth demonstrations for attendees, and complimentary, heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. Want to submit questions for candidates? Complete this form.

DATE: October 11, 2018 • TIME: 5:30 - 8:00 PM
LOCATION: James H. "Sloppy" Floyd Building/West Tower
200 Piedmont Avenue, 20th floor, Floyd Room • Atlanta, Georgia 30334
COST: Free to the public

We’ve invited candidates for the position of:

Secretary of State to discuss the issues of importance to them in this election including but not limited to:

  • The challenges that the 1.3 million Georgians with disabilities face when trying to have their voices heard in the election process
  • Accessible polling centers
  • Concise and easy to understand language on ballots
  • Easy to follow absentee ballot eligibility requirements and process

State Superintendent to discuss the issues of importance to them in this election including but not limited to:

  • School to prison pipeline crisis
  • Inclusive K-12 classrooms 
  • Transitional support of Inclusive Post-Secondary Education programs

State Insurance Commissioner to discuss the issues of importance to them in this election including but not limited to:

  • Medicaid expansion
  • Access to affordable healthcare
  • Coverage for those with multiple diagnoses

Qualified, invited candidates include:

Insurance Commissioner

  • Janice Laws (D) – confirmed
  • Jim Beck (R)
  • Donnie Foster (I)

School Superintendent

  • Otha Thornton (D) – confirmed
  • Richard Woods (R) – confirmed
  • Sonia Francis-Rolle (Write-in) – confirmed

Secretary of State

  • John Barrow (D)
  • Brad Raffensperger (R)
  • Smythe Duval (I)

Moderated by GCDD Council Chairperson Mitzi Profit

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 Register here for the 2018 Disability Issues Forum