Greetings! I hope each of you are finding your own way to enjoy summertime, even as we take extra precautions in the era of COVID-19. I’ve greatly enjoyed seeing everyone’s creative summer solutions, from inflatable pools in the backyard to “across the street” socially distanced cocktails with neighbors.
At the Re-Elect Betsy for Georgia headquarters, we are entering election season. I wanted to share some news below about what’s happening in the district and how you can get engaged with Election Day 2020.
Last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with concerned constituents in the Wildwood neighborhood (masked and socially distanced, of course!). This section of District 54 borders I-75 – they are rightly concerned about lack of fencing in the area, allowing children and animals to wander right onto the expressway, as well as noise concerns due to inadequate sound barriers. Like many other parts of Atlanta, this part of the district is also dealing with frequent, illegal street racing. I’m working with both GDOT and Atlanta City Council members to prioritize this issue for my constituents. I’m very grateful to City of Atlanta Councilmember JP Matzigkeit who is collaborating with me on finding solutions in this area.
Department of Labor concerns
One of the most heartbreaking outcomes of the COVID-19 crisis has been the number of constituents who find themselves in a financial bind either because of loss of income or decline in small business transactions. More upsetting, however, is how poorly the Georgia Department of Labor is responding to constituents having trouble filing for unemployment benefits. Budget cuts over the past decade left the GDOL completely unprepared to handle this latest wave of applications. I am still working with constituents who were entitled to unemployment benefits in April but are told their applications are still being processed. This is inexcusable. Finding better solutions needs to be a top priority in the next legislative session.
This op-ed by State Senator Sally Harrell explains the issues that legislators are seeing from their constituents.
Back to School Virtual Town Hall
School will definitely look different this fall! Have questions about how APS is handling the transition to digital learning? Join me for a Back to School Virtual Town Hall on August 12th at 5:30 pm with Jason Esteves, Chair of the APS Board of Education, and Isabel Marsh, teacher at Garden Hills Elementary School.
Pre-register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqd-GvqDwjE9Q7h6TpAStfyCaNBXSRP0qR
Join us via Facebook Live at Representative Betsy Holland, GA House District 54 or via Zoom.
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The November election will be here before you know it! Would you like to join Team Betsy and keep this seat blue?
If you have some spare time, consider writing postcards to your neighbors encouraging them to vote. We provide the materials and addresses – you just need to write the cards!
Do you live in or near House District 54? Please consider putting out a yard sign! We will deliver the sign right to your door.
I can’t win this election without your help! Please donate to my re-election campaign here:
If you haven’t already, please browse my website, betsyforgeorgia.com.
As your Representative, your concerns are important to me. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-656-0116 with questions, concerns, or solutions you may have regarding legislation or other happenings in District 54.
To stay updated, follow me on Twitter and Facebook, and follow the Georgia House of Representatives @GAHouseHub on Twitter. Additionally, in-depth information regarding current bills, Georgia’s annual and supplemental budgets, committee meetings, and livestreams from the General Assembly can be accessed via www.legis.ga.gov.
I encourage you and your family to visit our State Capitol and my office, where all constituents are welcome. I look forward to connecting with you!
My office is located at:
18 Capitol Square, SW
409-B, Coverdell Legislative Office Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Thank you for allowing me to serve as your representative.
Representative Betsy Holland
GA House District 54