Representative Debbie Buckner
Georgia House District 137
Representative Debbie Buckner Named ‘Policy Maker of the Year’ by the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education
Atlanta – State Representative Debbie Buckner (D-Junction City) has been named the 2015 Policy Maker of the Year by the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education. The Policy Maker of the Year Award is given annually to legislators who have made a significant contribution to career, technical, and agricultural education (CTAE).
“Representative Buckner was selected to receive this award because of her strong support of our CTAE programs as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives. She has contributed to the success of CTAE programs for years both prior to being elected and during her time as a member of the Georgia House.” The Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education is committed to improving high school graduation rates by focusing on CTAE programs to keep students in school so they can develop the necessary skills to better succeed in life. When a student leaves high school with an employable skill, it ensures that we will have a well-trained workforce which in turn brings jobs and economic development to Georgia. “I am honored to present this award to our friend and supporter Debbie Buckner,” said Matthew Gambill, Executive Director of the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education.
The Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education was founded in 1926 and has over 2,700 individual members representing the full scope of CTAE programs offered in Georgia’s 181 school systems. Association membership consists of middle and high school teachers, school counselors, graduation coaches, CTAE administrators, principals, superintendents, employees and faculty of the Technical College System of Georgia, and businesses and industry partners.
Representative Buckner represents Talbot and portions of Harris, Meriwether, and Muscogee County and is a member of the Ways & Means, Natural Resources & Environment, Retirement, and State Institutions & Property Committee’s in the Georgia House of Representatives.
The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer Endorses Debbie Buckner
The Ledger-Enquirer says, “there is simply no rationale for replacing Buckner, who has been one of the most able, effective, accessible and hard-working public servants this region has sent to Atlanta. She's a quick study on whatever issue is brought to her attention, and nobody has been a more dedicated or knowledgeable legislative guardian of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers. More than just a good lawmaker, she is one this region could ill afford to lose. Debbie Buckner is the clear choice for reelection in House District 137.” Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2014/11/02/3387241/tuesday-picks.html?sp=/99/178/#storylink=cpy
It counts more than ever after seven of the hardest years since the great depression. Experience counts more than ever since a generation of west Georgia jobs and population and political power have been moving upriver to suburban Atlanta. Experience counts more than ever now that our political culture has grown poisonous, polarized, and impotent. It’s harder than ever to get work done.
That’s why I’m running for reelection. When critical decisions, hard choices, and principled middle-of-the-road compromises have to be forged, I have experience that counts.
It’s about priorities. It’s about the priorities we share.
Jobs are our first priority. There are answers, and they include recognizing the reality that state government can foster job creation, create the right environment, incentivize, and make the investments that attract business. The focus must be on good jobs, the kind that can sustain a middle class. We must keep in mind that what makes a community a good place to live is also what makes an environment attractive to business.
Here is our District 137 agenda.
Think of the challenges we face. Here in District 137, the issues often come down to the basics. We need roads and bridges, more jobs and stronger economic development, protections for the water we cannot live without, and access to health care in an era of closing or struggling hospitals, of course, but things as simple as keeping the local grocery store open matter enormously. When the education appropriations are down, local property taxes go up to cover the shortfall. We have had to design some creative solutions during these hard times. That means that a good representative is more than someone who pushes a voting button at her desk in the Chamber. I am an advocate, too. I am a community builder. I understand the importance of making slow but steady progress on issues real people care about. It takes leadership that can reach across the aisle to turn things around.
With truly critical priorities like these, this is not the time to send someone to Atlanta who will need ‘on the job training.’
I have fought for our west Georgia priorities in the State House for a decade. Serving today on the Ethics, Natural Resources & Environment, the Retirement, and the State Institutions & Property Committees and formerly on the Health & Human Services Committee, I am positioned to gain attention for our needs. I have a track record reaching across the aisle. I know how – and I have the disposition – to pull together coalitions of legislative votes to get things done. As we head into the critical years ahead, I know how to lead.
I understand the needs of west Georgia, rural, small town, and city alike. I’ve lived in Georgia all my life in Columbus, and Talbot County. The full range of the challenges and the complex diversity of the new House District 137 is something I know intimately. I’ve done the hard work that it takes to stay in touch with you and hear your concerns, from town hall meetings to meet-and-greets at the corner café to my old-fashioned Whistle-Stop tour. I listen. I’m informed.
I have a track record as a legislator. You can look it up. I’ve worked for local notification of state parks closing to protect our tourist industry, fighting for public safety to keep our crime lab open so crimes can be solved and evidence accurately analyzed, increasing the payment by the state to counties for state inmates in county jails to protect our local tax base from unfunded mandates, funding special education and protecting HOPE scholarship grants, easing professional license renewal for citizens, boosting retirement benefits for hard working families to make sure our seniors don’t fall out of the middle class, assisting with legislation requiring state government to “buy American” which increases jobs, protecting the rivers and the waters we need for life itself, saving our local hospitals. I’ve worked on issues that matter to west Georgians: issues that matter to you and your family.
My daddy always used to say to me, “Do your best.” It’s that spirit that moves me to public service, serving our community, knowing that we are all in this together.
You know I’ll work for you because I already have.