Georgia State House, District 25
Anita was born into a working-class Air Force family in Germany, moved to Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, California, Nebraska, Italy then back to Georgia by the age of 17. She had lived in seven places before graduating from high school. After high school she worked full time and went to Kennesaw Junior College (now Kennesaw State University) and Perimeter College part-time, earning enough college credits to work as an accounting clerk. Anita attended Southern Polytechnic State University graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Engineering Technology in 1999.
Anita worked in project planning along with being a mother. Balancing family and work brought her multitasking skills to a new level. She then became a certified grant writer and began volunteering for several different local non-profits. Social and political issues became focal points and working on the local campaign to elect President Obama in 2008 was an epiphany. Demonstrating a life of service to others would be her legacy to her son. With the growing interest in social issues, she decided to run for Forsyth County School Board District 5 which was unsuccessful. In the Fall of 2016 Georgia was going to vote on a state Constitutional Amendment that would allow for public schools to be taken over by for-profit corporations, with a greatly reduced requirement to treat all children equally. Defeating that amendment was the core issue for Anita’s campaign. She worked with a coalition that included Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to educate all voters about the many faults buried in this amendment. Because of the coalition’s hard work, the amendment was defeated 60% to 40% in Forsyth County.
Anita is running for Georgia State House, District 25 as a candidate that holds vigils and has organized and demanded action for gun control and protested the repeal of ACA in front of US senators; is running against a candidate with an A+ rating from the NRA. Anita has organized and will continue the fight for a more just and equal Georgia that promises health care, education, and safety.