Candidate for 9th House District
Name: Doug Sherrill
How Long have you lived in the district: 25 Years
Occupation: Land Surveyor
Education: BS Political Science/Business North Georgia College and State University; Master’s in Public Administration University of North Georgia.
Political Experience: Georgia Board of Health District 2, Vice-Chair of the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners, Vice Chair of Resource and Environment ACCG, ACCG Policy Council, Former elected Lumpkin County Surveyor, UGA Certified in Economic Development.
Career experience: Professional Land Surveyor owning a small Business, Geomatics Lecturer at the University of North Georgia.
Community involvement: Served as Minister of several churches, Leadership Lumpkin 2015, Past President of the Appalachian Chapter of SAMSOG, USA Gold licensed basketball coach.
Why are you running for the 9th House District seat? I am running for State House to shine a light on all that our community has to offer and protect the best interests of our district as North Georgia faces a great deal of growth and change in the years ahead.
What makes you the best candidate for this position? I am a conservative with a conservative voting record. My education in public administration, as well as my vast experience in multiple areas within our community make me the best candidate. My work and service experience include running a small business, ministry as a pastor, serving as a lecturer at UNG, and serving as a county commissioner. Having this experience provides me significant insight into what matters most to business, a respect for higher education and how our local school systems can be better supported, working directly with sheriff departments, fire and ems, parks and recreation, our senior centers, health departments, and economic development initiatives. I understand local government funding and its interaction with the state. My knowledge and experience in local government makes me the best candidate.
What is your promise to Dawson County constituents? I promise to be a servant of the people, listen and strive to do what is best for our community.
What are the top three issues you believe the state is currently facing, and what are your views on addressing each? Senior care; As our population ages, they need our support by improving access to healthcare, providing more inspections in personal care homes, and strengthening laws to end elder abuse. I want to increase funding for Alzheimer’s clinics so we can better manage the disease early. I will support improving the quality of life for all our seniors. We dare not fail them.
Economic development; this issue requires us to look closely at our broadband internet. I will work to find a solution to improving our internet service in this district once and for all. I will also seek funds for infrastructure and work to improve the LMIG formula for local road maintenance.
Education; we must work to decentralize our education and give more power to the local schools and trust our administrators and teachers rather than the state, to educate.