Representative Rakestraw Works to Bring Jobs to Georgia

Paulding County, GA – State Representative Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19, Paulding County) took an active role in Governor Nathan Deal’s Competitiveness Initiative at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega last week. The Competitiveness Initiative is a forum for state government and the business community to work together to grow Georgia’s economy.

Governor Deal spoke to the group about his strategic approach to growing jobs to make Georgia’s economy more vibrant.  This public/private approach to making Georgia more competitive has helped Georgia become the economic leader of the South — with an enviable logistics system, top-tier research universities, world class technical education, a robust agricultural sector, abundant natural resources, and a positive global reputation — all of which contribute to our ability to attract, retain, and grow both jobs and investment.

The strategic plan to improve its business climate will position Georgia to be more competitive for decades to come, and will ensure a bright future for its citizens.

“I’m honored to have a chance to participate in this Initiative,” said Rep. Rakestraw. “This strategy absolutely supports my passion for job creation and small business growth.”

The Competitiveness Initiative is holding three meetings around the state to talk with members of the business community.  The next Competitiveness Initiative is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture in Tifton, Georgia.

Rep. Rakestraw, Paulding County’s first female legislator, represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County.  She was elected to the House of Representatives as the Vice Chair for the Science and Technology committee and serves on the Special Committee for Small Business and Job Creation, Special Rules, Juvenile Justice, and Economic Development Committees.

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State Representative Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19) with Governor Nathan Deal

 

Representative Rakestraw Honors Vets in Paulding

Paulding County, GA – State Representative Paulette Rakestraw of Paulding County, Georgia attended the second annual Paulding County Air Show, entitled Salute America 2013. One segment of the show was a ceremony recognizing local veterans for their service to our country.

Rep. Rakestraw arranged for Major Donald Glenn Karr, a 94-year-old veteran who served as a pilot in the Air Force during World War II, to be honored in the ceremony as a VIP.  Major Karr’s granddaughter, Ms. Susan Leslie, escorted him and  the two spent time together in the VIP tent watching the air show and later attended a dinner specifically honoring the veterans.

Other prominent local citizens who are also veterans were also honored at the air show.  Dr. John Covington, a retired physician, trained as a pilot in the Air Force.  State Representative Howard Maxwell (R-17) served in the Army in Vietnam, and Post 1 Commissioner Dave Carmichael served in the Marine Corps.

“It was such an honor and a privilege to recognize Major Karr at the air show; he is an amazing gentleman,” said Rep. Rakestraw.  “I am always honored to meet our veterans and am so thankful for their sacrifice and service to our country.  Major Karr earned a Silver Star for his service and I am very proud that I’ve had an opportunity to talk with him about his experiences.  It humbles me to know the sacrifices these great men and women have made to protect our freedom.  I always keep that in mind when voting for legislation that impacts Georgians lives because so many have sacrificed so much to protect that freedom.  I am grateful that I was able to talk with many veterans at the show and thank them for their service as well.”

The Salute America Air Show is an annual event hosted at the new airport in Paulding County.  It is a non-profit event for the community and proceeds go to support several local charities.  The Air Show is recognized as a fabulous event for the whole family.

Rep. Rakestraw, Paulding County’s first female legislator, represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. Paulette is the Vice Chair for the Science and Technology committee and serves on the Special Committee for Small Business and Job Creation, Special Rules, Juvenille Justice and Economic Development Committees.

Representative Rakestraw Supports Habitat for Humanity

Paulding County, GA – State Representative Paulette Rakestraw (R-19, Paulding County) attended a chili cook-off event in Cherokee County, with Habitat for Humanity as the primary beneficiary.

 

The chili cook-off is a local event hosted by the Cherokee Association of Realtors.  The purposes of the event are to engage realtors in networking opportunities, to support their local communities, and to raise money for charity.

 

A three-judge panel selected the prize-winning chili recipes.  Third place went to Chris Coulter with Supreme Lending, second place went to Kathy Delbridge with Success Mortgage Partners, and first place was won by to David Moody, President of ERA Sunrise Realty.  The People’s Choice Award went to Jimmy Bracco.

 

The event was well attended, with proceeds going toward Habitat for Humanity.

 

“I am happy to support our realtors and Habitat for Humanity,” said Rep. Rakestraw.  In the legislature, I stand with the realtors in Georgia in support of private property rights. Those rights are at the core of what makes America great and they differentiate us from other nations.”

 

Rep. Rakestraw, Paulding County’s first female legislator, represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the House of Representatives as the Vice Chair for the Science and Technology committee and serves on the Special Committee for Small Business and Job Creation, Special Rules, Juvenille Justice and Economic Development Committees.

Representative Paulette Rakestraw Visited YMCA Paulding Early Childhood Development Center for Georgia Pre-K Week

Hiram, GA, — Representative Paulette Rakestraw sat alongside a group of 4-year-olds on Oct 4, 2013, reading to the group from a favorite children’s book as part of Georgia’s Pre-K Week. Around the state, attention will be turned to the tens of thousands of Georgia’s youngest children in celebration of the important work they are doing to prepare for school success.

September 30-October 4 is the state’s official Pre-K Week, hosted by Voices for Georgia’s Children (www.georgiavoices.org) and its Pre-K Week partners.  Representative Rakestraw is one of nearly 150 officials who will visit some of the approximately 3,800 Pre-K classrooms located in all 159 counties in Georgia.

“We know that early childhood education is critical to future success, and preparing for elementary school is an important part of life for a child from birth through age five,” said Representative Rakestraw.  “We are thrilled to be honoring our some of our youngest learners this week, and proud of what our state is accomplishing through Georgia’s Pre-K program.”

Representative Rakestraw participated in a reading activity with the children, toured the facility, talked with the staff, and got an up-close look at the many ways that the center is supporting early learning.

“Georgia’s Pre-K program is an exceptional program that can serve as a model for our country,” said Pat Willis, Executive Director of Voices for Georgia’s Children, a child advocacy organization. “About 84,000 four-year-olds in Georgia benefit from this remarkable program, a milestone in the critical phase of education that takes place from birth to age 8.”

 

 

 

Joining Voices for Georgia’s Children as partners on Georgia Pre-K Week are Black Child Development Institute Atlanta (http://bcdi-atl.org), Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy (www.ferstfoundation.org), Georgia Association for Young Children (www.gayconline.org), Georgia Child Care Association (www.georgiachildcare.org), Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (www.geears.org), Georgia Family Connection Partnership (www.gafcp.org), Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (www.gpee.org), Georgia Public LibraryService (www.georgialibraries.org), JumpStart(www.jstart.org),  Multiple Junior League Chapters (gajlspac.org), Quality Care for Children (www.qualitycareforchildren.org), United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta (www.unitedwayatlanta.org) and YMCA(www.ymcaatlanta.org).

About Voices for Georgia’s Children

Established in 2003, Voices for Georgia’s Children (www.georgiavoices.org) is a nonprofit child policy and advocacy organization that envisions a Georgia where children are safe, healthy, educated, employable, and connected to their family and community. Our mission to be a powerful, unifying voice for a public agenda that ensures the well-being of all of Georgia’s children.

About “Pete the Cat”

Voices for Georgia’s Children is proud to have “Pete the Cat” as the honorary mascot for Pre-K Week.  “Pete the Cat” (www.petethecat.com) is the creation of Georgia artist James Dean who illustrated the book, Pete the Cat And His Four Groovy Buttons, written by Georgia children’s author Eric Litwin.  Through the generosity of Dean, Litwin, and HarperCollins Publishers, Voices for Georgia’s Children was able to provide copies of Pete the Cat And His Four Groovy Buttons to all legislators for their use in reading to Pre-K students across the state.

Rep. Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19) Wins StudentsFirst Endorsement

Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19), Georgia State Representative from Paulding County, has been endorsed by Georgia Parents and Teachers for Putting StudentsFirst, the Georgia arm of StudentsFirst, a nationwide, bipartisan grassroots movement that works to focus the U.S. education system on what’s best for students. Legislators achieving the endorsement were evaluated based upon their responses to a questionnaire on education policies and, if incumbents, their record of support for common sense education reform efforts.

In the announcement, StudentsFirst said, “In her time in the House, Rep. Rakestraw has helped the cause of education reform by voting for HR 1162 (constitutional amendment authorizing charter schools), SB 184 (ending “last in, first out” layoff policies), and SB 410 (creating performance-based public ratings for schools). However, Rep. Rakestraw’s opponents in the primary prioritize the wishes of the education status quo instead of putting the interests of students first.”

Rep. Rakestraw said, “My position on education matters is very clear. When our students rank #26 in math and science when measured against other countries, our educational systems are failing. Our children will have to compete for jobs in the future in a global economy, against students whose education has better prepared them. Parents are ready for more educational choices that fit their children so they can succeed at learning. This will help our students in the future compete for jobs in a global marketplace. Teachers also want to be free of government paperwork and red tape that prohibit them from spending their time in the classroom teaching. The system is broken and StudentsFirst does a great job in shedding light on the problems we face in our schools all across America. I am very proud to been endorsed by this movement, which defends the interests of children in public education and pursues transformative reform.”

StudentsFirst is a bipartisan grassroots movement of more than 1 million members nationwide, working to focus our education system on what’s best for students, supporting common-sense reforms that help make sure all students have great schools and great teachers. Launched by former Washington D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee in December 2010, StudentsFirst has successfully helped pass more than 70 student-centered policies in 17 states, and our movement continues to grow.

Rep. Rakestraw, Paulding County’s first female legislator, represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Children & Youth Committee, the Economic Development & Tourism Committee, and on the Special Committee on Small Business Development.

Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19) Provides Job Growth Update

Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19), Georgia House Representative from Paulding County, pointed today to new evidence that legislative actions continue to have a positive impact on bringing job growth to Georgia. The evidence came in the form of Governor Nathan Deal’s recent announcement that Interroll, the world’s leading supplier of conveyer systems and components, will locate its North American manufacturing plant, showroom facility and technology center in Paulding County. The company, based in Switzerland, plans to initially create 70 jobs and invest $10 million in the new, 93,000 square-foot operation.

“In the legislature, we have successfully taken steps to reduce taxes on manufacturing and on citizens, and to streamline government red tape,” said Rakestraw. “I have worked with Governor Deal on his Competitiveness Initiative and on the Small Business & Job Creation committee’s “Red Tape Watch” to identify areas where Georgia can reduce burdensome regulations on small business to improve the business climate in our state. Here in Paulding County, local leaders have created an ‘opportunity zone’ to attract businesses. Interroll’s announcement proves that these steps are working. Companies continue to move here and bring jobs with them. It’s a very exciting time for Paulding County and Georgia.”

On her website, Rep. Rakestraw provides a list of companies that have moved to Georgia in the last year alone.

Rep. Rakestraw, Paulding County’s first female legislator, represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Children & Youth Committee, the Economic Development & Tourism Committee, and on the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation.

Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19) Endorsed by Georgia Carry

Georgia State Representative Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19), Georgia State Representative from Paulding County learned this week of her endorsement for the July 31 Republican primary by Georgia Carry, the leader in the fight to reclaim and expand citizens’ right to bear arms. In a letter to Rep. Rakestraw announcing the endorsement, Georgia Carry Executive Director Jerry Henry cited her “continued support of the Second Amendment, dedication to protecting our individual right to self defense and dedication to restoring our rights as originally enumerated in the bill of rights of the U.S. Constitution.”

In a statement responding to the endorsement, Rep. Rakestrawk said, “I am honored to have been recognized by Georgia Carry, an organization that shares my views on protecting our second amendment rights. In my first session in the House, I co-sponsored a couple of key pieces of solid pro-gun legislation that unfortunately didn’t make it to the floor for a vote. I intend to continue working with the Georgia Carry and other like-minded organizations to make sure that our Second Amendment rights can withstand the constant attacks by the liberal left. I am proud to consistently support Georgia Carry with pro-gun legislation.”

With more than 6000 members, Georgia Carry is an information clearinghouse for Georgia Firearms License issues and news. It is Georgia’s no-compromise voice for gun owners.

Rep. Rakestraw represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Children & Youth Committee, the Economic Development & Tourism Committee, and on the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation.

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Rep. Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19) Endorsed by Small Business

Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19), Georgia House Representative from Paulding County, has been endorsed by The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Georgia’s leading small-business association, in the House Republican primary on July 31.

The endorsement was made by NFIB/Georgia SAFE (Save America’s Free Enterprise) Trust, which is composed exclusively of NFIB members.

“Representative Rakestraw understands the challenges facing Georgia’s small, family businesses and is the clear choice in the race for the 19th House District,” said Kyle Jackson, state director of NFIB/Georgia. “We believe Paulette Rakestraw will continue to take a fiscally responsible approach to managing state government and support legislation that helps our small businesses grow and create jobs and puts the state back on the pathway to success.”

Said Rep. Rakestraw, “It’s a real honor to receive this endorsement from NFIB. As a member of the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation, much of my energy in my first term in the House was devoted to creating an environment conducive to job growth in the small business sector. I am definitely supportive of the NFIB business-growth initiatives.”

The NFIB/Georgia SAFE Trust’s endorsement is critical to the Braddock campaign. Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for actively recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to go to the polls. NFIB has pledged it will activate its grassroots network on behalf of the campaign. NFIB’s political support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on small business issues.

Rep. Rakestraw represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Children & Youth Committee, the Economic Development & Tourism Committee, and on the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation.

NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at www.NFIB.com/newsroom.

Rep. Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19) Endorsed by NRA

Georgia State Representative Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19)  has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) with an “A+” rating. The NRA defines qualifications for an “A+” rating as “A solidly pro-gun candidate that has sponsored pro-gun legislation. A candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on Second Amendment issues.”

In a statement, Rep. Rakestraw said, “I am honored to have earned the NRA endorsement. In my first session I co-sponsored a couple of key pieces of solid pro-gun legislation that unfortunately didn’t make it to the floor for a vote. I intend to continue working with the NRA to make sure that our Second Amendment rights can withstand the constant attacks by the liberal left. I am proud to consistently support the NRA with pro-gun legislation.”

Rep. Rakestraw represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Children & Youth Committee, the Economic Development & Tourism Committee, and on the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation.

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Rep. Paulette Rakestraw Scores A+ with Americans for Prosperity

ATLANTA — State Representative Paulette Rakestraw (R-HD19) has been graded A+ on the 2011-2012 Legislator Score Card produced by Americans for Prosperity (AFP), the grassroots, public policy advocacy group.

AFP is a national organization of leaders who engage citizens in support of limited government and free markets on the local, state, and federal levels. The scorecard grades all Georgia state and federal legislators on how they voted on key legislation important to conservatives. Rep. Rakestraw’s A+ rating reflects a numerical score of 100% and is the highest grade given by the organization.

Rep. Rakestraw said, “Americans for Prosperity supports the things I believe in — like tax reform and limited government spending and removing barriers to entrepreneurship in the private sector. The organization performs a great service in keeping citizens informed in the fight to eliminate government waste and fraud. I am proud of the votes I cast to get the A+ rating and grateful to AFP for tracking and shedding light on these important issues.”

Rep. Rakestraw represents the citizens of District 19 in Paulding County. She was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2010 and currently serves on the Children & Youth Committee, the Economic Development & Tourism Committee, and on the Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation.