REYNOLDS FOR GEORGIA
To Make a Difference
Dear Friends and Supporters in Georgia, in Gwinnett County and, particularly, in District 93!
We come a long way to reach this point that I consider to be a big milestone. As a Christian, a family man, a public school teacher in Dekalb County, a military veteran, a former law enforcement officer in Gwinnett County, I want to announce you that I am running for the position in the House of Representatives for the State of Georgia. There are a lot of works to be done and there are many issues that are not taking care of properly by the state leaders and it is for this reason that I believe that I can make a real difference in bringing those issues in the forefront. I am asking you to trust me in choosing me as your representative. However, there are a few obstacles. In fact, my name will be officially on the ballot for the primary on June 9th and I count on you, on your support and on your votes to help me be a little closer to the final step on November 2020. Thank you. May God Be With You!
Candidate for District 93
ALFRED AT A GLANCE
Alfred is currently married and he has six children (three boys and three girls). He has been living in Georgia for 19 years. He graduated from Norwalk Community Technical College with an Associates degree (A.S.) in Criminal Justice (1997); a Bachelor's degree (B.S./LL.B.) in Justice and Law Administration from Western Connecticut State University (2000); a Master's degree (LL.M.) in International Law from University Laval (2007); a Master's degree (M.Div.) in Military Chaplaincy from Liberty University (2013); and a graduate certificate in Education & Leadership from the University of Georgia (2019). Alfred taught Criminal Justice at Vermont Community College (VCC) and he is currently working as a public school teacher.
PAST AND PRESENT ACTIVITIES
Alfred is achieving more with his initiatives than ever before. He works on many exciting projects to help improve the lives of others, and is very proud of the progress he continues to make. Learn more about what he does, who he helps, and how he works every day to promote positive change.
Reinforcing our Commitment
THE FIVE BIGGEST ISSUES
One of the biggest problems in District 93 is education. As an educator, everyday I see parents are not taking responsibility for the education of their children. They are quickly pointing fingers at the teachers who become the scapegoats for the failure of their child. While the education gap is widening, those children lack the intellectual capacity to pass the Georgia Milestone and any college-bound testing. With the support of school leaders, we should be able to pass laws that will strengthen the power of the teachers in the classroom while helping the parents to take responsibility for the education of their children. We will increase funding for school programs that will impact on student learning; but, also, challenge school and district leaders to keep up-to-date a statistical data of their behavioral intervention of those children who are failing.
The second most pressing problems in the district is housing. if the majority of the people who are living in the district own a house, there are others who cannot afford to buy a house; but, rent a house and live in apartments. However, for the past fifteen years, the rental apartment market was very affordable for people to live joyfully and comfortably. Now, it is getting more expensive. In fact, a two-bedroom apartment is considerably doubling from $650 to $1,150 not including other fees and utility bills. This increase in the rental market makes it harder for the elderly and those people with lower income to have a sustainable life. Thus, we want to make a difference in the lives of those people by making and supporting laws that will positively affect their livelihood.
It is not a secret that Gwinnett County will probably become in the next few years the most populous county in whole State of Georgia. As a former juvenile probation officer in Gwinnett County, I have experienced in first hand the problematic that exists in the interaction between law enforcement officers and the public in general and, particularly, the minorities with Hispanic, Afro-Caribbean and African-American backgrounds. Nevertheless to say that certain people from these minority groups are very afraid of the police and they do not trust the police including any other law enforcement personnel who do not have an arrest power. We need to change that mentality in our district by training our police officers to be compassionate and, at the same time, to willfully engage the members of the community to welcome and to trust the police as members of the same community who is willing, based on their oath, to protect and to serve them whenever it is necessary.
Transportation, let's say "public transportation," is a serious problem in Gwinnett County and it is quasi non-existant. In fact, from the tag office in Snellville to Gwinnett Community Technical College, it will take thirty (30) minutes to anyone to drive that distance in a personal vehicle. However, from the same leaving point to the same destination, it will take more than three (3) hours to anyone when riding public transportation for the simple reasons the bus taken in Snellville will drop that person in Atlanta following by two Marta lines and two more buses when arriving in Gwinnett County. We do not need this long trip if we have a mechanical problem with our private vehicle. We understand that most of the people who live in the district may have reliable transportation; but, not everyone has another vehicle to drive when one vehicle is down. It is for this reason that we need an integrated transportation system with a rapid transit that could help the members of the community to be more active when they are being forced by the forces of nature to stop driving their personal vehicle.
Finally, the last top five (5) of the biggest issues in our district is road constructions that need to be done in many parts, areas and corners of Dekalb County as well as Gwinnett County. In fact, many roads in both counties are too narrow and they are mostly a one-lane road. If we have made a lot of progress, when considering the past twenty years, in our construction efforts to decrease the amount of traffic, we must continue with the same goal to liberate many parts of those counties to let private vehicles and public transportation become the avant garde of achievement in their transition of a rural county towards a municipality of urban and suburban cities. Not counting the potholes, we need to bring the infrastructure at another level that will spare the people living in the community from being caught in traffic jams when it is time to go to work in the morning. As leaders and public servants, we should see the best for our district by willing to combine road constructions and public transportation in our long term public policy. At the same time, we shall create the maximum opportunity!
“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do”