State Senate Dist. 46
(courtesy Georgia Conservation Voters)
Questionnaire + Answers
State House Dist. 115
Questionnaire + Answers
Grow Green Candidate Scorecard
- General Election 2004
Senate - General Election 2004
House - General Election 2004
This race was decided
in the primary; Harry Sims defeated Tracy Smith 625 to 407.
District 2 Summary
Harry Sims (D,
Harry Simsí score is based on his voting record. He has voted
against Grow Greenís positions on most issues. He did not return
Tracy Smith (D) ?
Tracy Smith did not return the questionnaire.
District 4 Summary
Alice Kinman (D)
Alice Kinmans responses indicate that she shares Grow Greens
goals, understands land use issues, and is willing to explore
Blake Tillery (R) ?
Blake Tillery did not return our questionnaire.
District 6 Summary
Carl Jordan defeated
John Thomas Haddenn III in the primary 965 to 733 and faces Robert
Beal in the general election.
Carl Jordan (D,
Carl Jordan has consistently voted in accordance with Grow Greens
principles. His understanding of land use, environmental, and
fiscal issues is unmatched.
John Thomas Hadden
III (D) ?
John Thomas Hadden did not return our questionnaire.
Robert Beal (R)
Robert Beals questionnaire responses demonstrate that he
opposes Grow Greens position on most land use and environmental
District 8 Summary
States McCarters voting record is mixed, with a slim majority
of his votes in agreement with Grow Greens positions. His
questionnaire responses reflect this ambivalence.
Annette Nelson (R)
Annette Nelsons questionnaire responses indicate that she
shares many of Grow Greens positions, although she differs
on two key areas, namely funding stormwater management and 75-foot
Super District 10 Summary
This race was decided
in the August 10 runoff; Elton Dodson defeated Cardee Kilpatrick
2,483 to 1,929.
While Cardee Kilpatricks questionnaire responses indicate
that she supports many of Grow Greens positions, her voting
record is mixed on our issues.
Elton Dodson (D)
Elton Dodsons questionnaire responses indicate that he understands
local land use and environmental issues, supports Grow Greens
positions, and is open to creative practical solutions. His background
in law and experience in mediation are a plus.
Ed Robinson (D)
Ed Robinsons questionnaire responses show that he has given
a lot of thought to the issues, and supports Grow Greens
positions on land use and the environment. His long-term involvement
in community organizations is a strength.
Senate District 46
Brian Kemp (R, I)
Brian Kemp's voting record on key enviornmental issues tells
a different story than his questionnaire answers. For instance,
on stream buffers, Sen. Kemp asserts that he promoted 50 foot
buffers in ACC as well as in the Senate. This is true - he promoted
50 foot buffers but opposed 75 foot buffers here; and he introduced
a buffer bill that never even received a preliminary vote in committee.
He supported SB 460 which would have stripped many streams of
even the 25 foot protection currently in place.
Becky Vaughn (D)
Becky Vaughn's answers to our questionnaire indicate that she
has thoroughly studied the environmental issues that are important
to those of us in the Athens area and is committed to protecting
our air and water quality. Her interest in transportation and
transit is particularly impressive and encouraging. Although her
background is in social services rather than environmental advocacy,
her experience working with the Georgia General Assembly should
help her to be an effective legislator for environmental protection.
House District 115
Bill Cowsert (R)
Bill Cowsert's answers to our questionnaire indicate that
he has put a lot of thought into environmental issues, particularly
the issue of stream buffers and greenspace protection. He appears
to be, in general, in agreement with Grow Green's goals for state-level
Jane Kidd (D)
Jane Kidd's questionnaire responses show that she shares Grow
Green's environmental protection goals and understands the state-level
issues that concern ACC residents, particularly greenspace protection
and transportation policy. It is her record of environmental advocacy
that sets her apart, demonstrating her long-standing commitment
to protecting our environment at both the local and state level.
arrived at the ratings:
Grow Green mailed each candidate a questionnaire on issues of major concern
in ACC: land use and zoning, natural resource protection, affordable housing,
and business and the environment, for Commission candidates; water, greenspace
protection, pollution control, and transportation for State House and
Senate candidates. For incumbents, scores were primarily based on their
voting record on key environmental issues, as well as their questionnaire
responses. If they failed to return the questionnaire, we based our evaluation
completely on their record. For challengers, scores were primarily based
on their questionnaire responses, as well as background and experience.
We made no attempt to evaluate the candidacy of challengers who did not
return our questionnaire. Note: scores range from zero to four stars.
In order for a challenger to receive a four star rating, she or he must
have demonstrated a commitment to environmental protection either professionally
or as a volunteer.
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