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r CANDIDATE PROFILES: JULY 18 PRIMARY Biographical information was gathered from campaign materials and press releases, and candidates were asked to provide a brief statement describing the most important issues in their respective races. GEORGIA SENATE DISTRICT 46 Paui Broun (D), incumbent (1963) Occupation: Retired merchant. A Shellman, Georgia, native, Paul Broun graduated from Athens High School before receiving a degree in agricultural engi neering from the University of Georgia. Broun served in the Army Infantry in World War II. One of two senior members in the Senate (District 46 includes Athens- Clarke, Oconee and Barrow counties), Broun is a member of the Appropriations Committee and the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee. He is chairman of the Senate Economic Development, Tourism and Cultured .Affairs Committee, and is vice chairman of the Higher Education Committee. Sen. Broun co-authored the HOPE scholar ship amendment to the Georgia Constitution. He procured funds for the Athens Area Technical Institute's dented technician and hygienist school and for Athens Tech’s 10- acre expansion. Broun co-sponsored the bill creating Georgia’s voluntary pre-kindergarten program, and co-sponsored the Animal Protection Act of 2000, which classifies cer tain acts of animal cruelty as felonies. “Of course the big issues are always the money for the university and for the teachers. In addition to that, there are changes to be made to the education bill. I think there are some area^ in it that we need to address. We certainly need fair dismissal of teachers. One of the things that we most need to do is to use the friendships and connections we have to get a Congressional district drawn where we can send somebody to Washington who has the interests of Clarke, Oconee and Barrow counties and the University of Georgia at heart." Doug Haines (D) Occupation: Executive director, Georgia Legal Watch Bom and reared in Laramie, Wyoming, Doug Haines has lived in Athens since 1985. He has a political science degree from the University of Wyoming and is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. Haines is the executive director of Georgia Legal Watch, an organization “spe cializing in environmental protection and government accountability." He has testified before the US House of Representatives and the Georgia General Assembly on environ mental issues and misuse of public resources. In 1991, Haines was appointed by Governor Zell Miller to the Georgia Hazardous Waste Management Authority, where he served until 1994. He has drafted two state laws: one designed to prevent litigation which ham pers free speech, another to stop cities from discharging sewage outside of the region where it was created. In 1996, the Environmental Protection Agency settled a suit with Haines over its failure to force Georgia to clean up polluted water ways. “We need a Senator with vision for the future. We deserve a Senator who leads, not one who simply stays in place. The Georgia Association of Educators endorsed me because we need leadership in education which includes respecting students and teachers. We need to protect our water, air and open space to protect our health and to assure sustained economic development. We need a Senator with the energy to put in the 18-hour days needed to fight for a new Congressional district, to eliminate the impact of corporate special interest money on healthcare, and to fight effectively for the University of Georgia and its employees." DISTRICT ATTORNEY Harry Gordon (D), incumbent (1972) Harry Gordon was bom in Augusta and reared primarily in Sparta, Georgia. He attended school in Hancock County and received business and law degrees from the University of Georgia. Gordon was appointed District Attorney of the Western Judicial Circuit (encom passing Clarke and Oconee counties) in 1972 by then- Governor Jimmy Carter. Gordon has since served as the secretary-treasurer of the Georgia District Attorneys’ Association, and has twice chaired the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia. He founded Georgia's first Multi- Agency Drug Squad and is its present vice- chairman. In March of 2000, tiie state Administrative Office of Courts’ Research Review named Gordon’s office the most efficient district attorney’s office in urban Georgia, and the second most efficient in the state overall. “The important issue of this election is who has done and will do the best job of prosecuting the serious criminals that prey on our community. A district attorney’s per formance can only be measured through an examination of his fairness, efficiency, and trial success rate. My record speaks for itself. I have support exemplifying my fair ness from the Police Benevolent Association as well as the community en mass, an office efficiency that ranks second out of 47 DA’s offices, and a jury trial rate 15 percent above state averages. Those are the qualities this community deserves from its District Attorney. I ask for your vote to enable me to continue working for you." Ken Mauldin (D) Occupation: Former Athens-Clarke County Solicitor General (resigned to seek office of DA), adjunct professor, University cf Georgia School of Law Ken Mauldin is a native of Raleigh, NC, and has lived in Athens since 1974. He received a bachelor’s degree in political sci ence and a law degree from UGA. Mauldin has a Master of Laws in litigation from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, and is an instructor for the Northeast Georgia Police Academy and the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia. Mauldin served for eight years as an assistant district attorney for the Western Judicial Circuit before working briefly as a public defender here. In 1991, he was elected Solicitor General, where he prosecuted cases in the State and Municipal Courts of Athens- Clarke County and Municipal Court in Winterville. During his tenure as Solicitor General, Mauldin initiated a domestic violence task force and a special prosecution unit to con duct follow-up investigations in domestic violence cases. He led fund-raising efforts to purchase cameras for ACC police officers to document evidence of domestic violence. Mauldin established the Victim-Witness Assistance Program, a v*ctim impact panel for DUI offenders, a pre-trial diversion pro gram for first-time non-violent offenders, and the Alcohol Responsibility Council, designed to curb underage drinking. “The overriding issue in this election is whether, after 28 years, there is a need for a change in leadership in the office of District Attorney—whether there is a need for someone with energy and initiative and with a commitment to the job and the communi ties served. “Specifically, the issue is whether high profile cases and ‘perfect’ or ‘easy’ cases should continue to be the primary focus of the office, or whether immediate attention should be directed as well to the prosecu tion and prevention of cases involving Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Elder Abuse. “Further, there is a need to expand the Victim-Witness Assistance Program so as to serve all victims after the incident or arrest and to establish a Pretrial Diversion Program as an alternative to traditional prosecution for certain low- risk, non-violent, first-time offenders.” SHERIFF Jerry Massey (D), incumbent 0981) Savannah-bom Jerry Massey is a Vietnam veteran and a graduate of North Georgia College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He spent four years as a Georgia State Patrol trooper before joining the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Massey worked for the GBI for eight years prior to being elected sheriff of Clarke County in 1980. Massey is a past president, and is now on the board of directors, of the Georgia Sheriff’s Association. He is the former head of the County Officers Association of Georgia SHOOTING RANGE Some people say that guns are Just an extension of body parts. We have REALTY big guns. 546-6111 ELECT KEN "Energy, Initiative, Commitment Leadership" MAULDIN DISTRICT ATTORNEY VOTE TUESDAY, JULY 18,2000/ DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY Paid For By The Committee To Elect Ken Mauldin, District Attcmey P. 0. Box 652, Athens, GA 30603 • lei.: 613-5575 • E-mail: justke@kenmouldinforda.org. • Web: www.lcenmouldinforda.org JULY 12, 2000