Following Thursday’s House session, District 69 State Rep. Randy Nix spoke about why he is seeking re-election, how he’s been able to showcase Carroll County as a leader in the state and what pieces of the legislature he is monitoring during.
“I count it one of my greatest honors and privileges to represent the citizens of House District 69 in the Georgia General Assembly,” he said. “As the state of Georgia has been identified as a national leader in economic development, West Georgia and District 69 are recognized as leaders within the state in job creation and workforce development. I am asking the voters in my district to re-elect me so that I may to continue advocating for sound public policies that improve the lives of everyone who calls this district their home.”
Nix, a Republican from Troup County, represents District 69, which includes all of Heard County and portions of Carroll and Troup counties. Currently, he serves as chairman of the Ethics Committee and secretary of the Banks and Banking Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and the Economic Development and Tourism, Education, Legislative and Congressional Reapportionment and Natural Resources and Environment committees.
Nix said his proudest moments in serving for the past 12 years has been in the area of workforce development. He was the sponsor of the Career Pathways legislation back several years ago which has since spawned other legislation. He said that it has contributed considerably to the Move On When Ready eduction programs and has aided significantly in the state’s college and career academies as well as the technical colleges.
“That has been the primary focus of the things that I’ve done, by far my most significant legislation,” Nix said. “I have used Carroll County as an inspiration to develop some of these things. ... Being able to point to some of the success that Carroll County has had, it is definitely a leader in this state and so many of those areas I served.”
Nix said he decided to seek re-election because people need to have someone who is familiar with things as some major changes are about to occur.
“It’s going to be a real transition year coming up,” he said. “We are going to be electing a new governor, a new lieutenant governor, and there’s going to be a lot of seats opening in the House. As I look at it, I think it will be a time when somebody who has been here for a time and has a bit of experience would be valuable to a lot of new people coming in. I have in many instances been able to work and help people as the ethics chair and I’ve tried to help new people as they come and get acclimated. I just felt like this would be a year that someone who has been here a little while would probably be a value. There’s going to be a lot of new people next year.”
Nix is monitoring several pieces of legislation, including HB 740 and HB 763 which he authored.
“One of them (HB 740) is to address the issue of children between kindergarten and third grade being suspended from school for over five days,” Nix said. He wants to put into place a “response to interventions program” prior to the suspension. Through that program, it will be determined if the child has something underlying area causing their misbehavior.
HB 762 relates to student attendance protocol committees.
Nix said there are some items that are still in the development phase, including an initiative that would teach agricultural studies at the elementary level. He has spoken to Sen. Mike Dugan, R-Carrollton, about it and said that he hopes it will eventually be considered and if it is passed, he would like to see it in several places, especially Carroll County.
“Workforce development is one of the key drivers for our region and Carroll County, in particular, has an excellent working relationship between all elements of government in the community, the education collaborative being a great picture of that,” said Nix. “Those are invaluable assets to have when somebody’s looking at a community to come in. They can have a different community in mind but when they see a community that will make certain incentives that they will provide for when they get there and they see that there are coordination and the area that they are focused on, and that workforce development is taking it all the way from elementary school through high school and into the technical colleges and universities, when they see that everybody’s on the same page, that is a big incentive for people to come. So I think all of that ties into the economic development picture. Education is really economic development.”