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Hello, I'm Ron Slotin. I want to tell you about my background and why I'm running for Congress. I was born and raised in Atlanta. I went to North Fulton High School. I went to the University of Georgia, come out, and worked at Portman Properties.
I then ran for the State Senate and was elected in my first run for public office. When I was in the State Senate we actually got things done. I was on the Education Committee when we passed the Hope scholarship. That's the best program that's ever been passed in this state. We also cut taxes, gave teachers a pay raise they deserved, balanced the budget, and grew the economy.
But just as important, when I was in the State Senate, I have a record of working across the aisle with Republicans and legislators from all around the state to get legislation passed, to get real results for the people of Georgia.
And when I travel to the district, that's the biggest problem we have now. The fighting, the bickering, the gridlock in Washington, nothing's getting done. We have real issues in our community that need to be addressed and I know this because I live, work, owned a business, raised my family, and volunteered in the 6th District for over 15 years.
My kids attend public school, Lassiter High School and I'm a member of the PTA. My mom lives in Dunwoody. I've been an active volunteer coach at the Marcus Jewish Community Center for years. So I'm very active, invested in this community.
After politics, I opened an advertising agency in Sandy Springs. I helped start the Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce. When I was with my ad agency, I was part of the 4-person business development team that created the 2009 entertainment tax credits.
Have you seen all the movie and TV productions going on in this state? That's because of these tax credits. There was even a film — they've filmed several movies in Dunwoody. You might have seen Billy Crystal and Bette Midler walking around your neighborhood, but 2016 alone there was over 240 movie and TV productions that created over 7 billion dollars worth of economic development.
So, I'm running on the local issues. I'm running to bring jobs, support our schools, and fix transportation problems.
On the national level, I want to protect Social Security and Medicare. We're going to protect clean air and water. We're going to defend a woman's right to control her own health care decisions. We're going to make [applause] — go ahead.
I'm Ron Slotin. I'm passionate about this community. I'm passionate about getting results. I ask for your vote. Thank you.
Hello, my name is Ron Slotin. I served two terms in the Georgia State Senate. I was on the Education Committee when — and I helped pass the Hope scholarship. Can I see a sign of hands of how many families have been helped by the Hope scholarship in this room? I did, I want — that was the best program that the state has ever passed and I want to remind you we had a Democratic governor, Democratic State House, a Democratic State Senate when we passed that legislation.
We got a lot of things done when I was in the State Senate. We lowered state taxes. We gave teachers a pay raise they deserved. We grew the economy. We expanded the World Congress Center. I worked with the Metro Chamber of Commerce to bring infrastructure improvements to Atlanta for the Olympic games. These are the issues that the Democratic Party needs to run on.
After politics, I opened a business in Sandy Springs. I was a — had a advertising agency. I helped start the Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce. When I was with my advertising agency, I was part of a business development team that created the 2009 entertainment tax credits that has resulted in thousands of jobs in the state of Georgia. Just in 2016, there was over 240 TV and movie productions generating over 7 billion dollars in economic development.
I have a record of results. A lot of people talk about doing things. I have a record of results for creating jobs, growing the economy, and improving our education. It doesn't matter if you're Democrat, Independent, or Republican. Those are issues that affect everybody in the district. Those are issues that will help people in the district, and those are issues that will that I will get results on. Thank you.
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