Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Candidate Spotlight: Georganna Sinkfield (D-Atlanta), Candidate for Secretary of State

Talking about your classic Darkhorse candidate, Georganna Sinkfield surprised many when she qualified to run for Secretary of State during the last day of Qualifying.

Elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1982, she is the senior-tenured woman in the Legislature. Rep. Sinkfield chaired the Committee on Children and Youth for 14 years. She also chaired the Subcommittee of Appropriations on Human Development, which had the responsibility to oversee the budgets of the departments of Human Resources, Juvenile Justice, Veterans Affairs, Medicaid and Medicare, and the Department of Labor. She currently represents House District 60 and her committee assignments include Banks and Banking, Children and youth insurance.

Rep. Sinkfield was appointed by Gov. Joe Frank Harris to serve on The Education Review Commission, which laid the groundwork for the Quality Basic Education Act (QBE); the State Chapter 2 Advisory Committee; and the Statewide Task Force on Homelessness. She also served on the State Task Force Turning Points; Preparing our Youth for the 21st Century, and Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education. She chaired the Georgia Democratic Party Delegate Selection Affirmative Action Committee. She was appointed to the Georgia Supreme Court Commission on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the Court System. She has served on the Department of Education's Task Force on Violence and the Schools, Georgia Commission on Family Violence, the Governor's State Policy Council for Children and Families, and the Georgia General Assembly's Conference on Health Care Reform/Managed Health Care.

As a former chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Development, Rep. Sinkfield worked to ensure the availability of resources for the healthcare of senior citizens and Georgians with inadequate health insurance. In November 2002, a United Nations (UN) report stated that for the first time in the 20-year history of the AIDS epidemic, about as many women as men are infected with HIV. In true visionary spirit, Rep. Sinkfield and her committee had already provided the wherewithal for uninsured Georgians to access HIV/AIDS related drugs, prior to the release of the UN report

The Georgia Gerontology Society recognized her with a Legislative Award for consistent support of aging issues that benefit older Georgians. She also received the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Legislative Award, for her determination and commitment to fighting predatory lending.

She has been endorsed by Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin & U.S. Senate Candidate Jim Martin for Secretary of State, which is wide-open for the democrats as Michael Mills, Gary Horlacher, Angela Moore, Gail Buckner all vy for the democratic nominee.

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