Editor’s note: Incumbent District 6 State Sen. Doug Stoner, D-Smyrna, faces Republican challenger Hunter Hill of Smyrna in the Nov. 6 general election. The district includes Vinings and parts of Buckhead and Sandy Springs.
Republican primary election winner Hunter Hill, 35, has lived in Cobb County for 23 years, not including the time he spent at U.S. Military Academy at West Point and as a U.S. Army airborne ranger in the Gulf.
“During my tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, we fought to preserve the principles upon which this country was founded,” Hill said, “and we saw firsthand the threat to our society should these principles be compromised.”
He said he is running for the newly drawn State Senate District 6 to stand up for its constituents and respond to their concerns. Hill won the July 31 primary with 52.6 percent of the vote over Josh Belinfante and Drew Ellenburg.
“I would be honored to represent the community where I grew up and where I have chosen to raise my family,” said Hill, the husband of Shannan and father of Hunter Jr., 2, and Annie, 10 months,
Election Day will be his second District 6 matchup against Democratic incumbent Doug Stoner, who in 2008 beat Hill by 20 percent.
“My priorities will reflect the concerns expressed by district residents,” Hill said about his platform of government reform, the economy and jobs. “Those priorities include creating an environment in which businesses can grow and jobs will be created.”
Economic growth is best achieved “when government limits interference in the marketplace,” said the new business development director at security firm SecurAmerica.
“Revisions to Georgia’s tax code deserve exploration, including the suggestion to eliminate the income tax as our surrounding states have done,” Hill said.
Narrowing the workforce gap is vital, he said.
“Skilled labor is in high demand and more than 4,000 jobs are open in the technology sector,” Hill said. “We need to do a job better aligning education with workforce demands so that more people are working.”
He also advocates exercising fiscal discipline in balancing the state government, which is the main responsibility of the Legislature. “We must challenge ourselves to define the role of government and essential services,” he said. “Our budget should reflect those priorities.”
Hill’s campaign fund had about $122,000 net cash on hand as of Sept. 30 according to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, formerly the state Ethics Commission.