Newsmakers – Elena Parent, state senate candidate

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 4, 2014
Elena Parent

Elena Parent

Elena Parent is running on familiar turf.

Parent is one of three candidates vying to replace Jason Carter as the next senator from state senate district 42. Carter is leaving to run for governor against incumbent Nathan Deal. Parent is no stranger to politics, having previously served as a state representative.

Parent sat down with to talk about the senate race and more.

In this newsmakers Podast you’ll learn

– How Parent and state Rep. Scott Holcomb decided who should run after Republicans combined their two districts.

– Where Parent stands on the creation of new cities in DeKalb County.

– Where Parent stands on gay marriage.

– Where Parent stands on marijuana legalization.

– Something about Parent you might not know.


Parent’s opponent in the May 20 Democratic primary is Kyle Williams.

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  • Chris Billingsley

    Very Interesting. I listened to the entire podcast knowing in advance Ms. Parent’s views on education (more money for public education), transportation (more transit), health care (more Medicaid), gay marriage (favors like, big time), pot (hard to peg but my guess is that after the usual dance, she would vote to legalize it but I could be wrong), new DeKalb cities (she’s for them but only after developing new procedures that would make new cities impossible), and of course Republicans (Redistricting Meanies). In other words, a hard core Democratic. Now I have nothing against Ms. Parent but you can’t trash talk Georgia Republicans and expect to be an effective policy maker under the gold dome. But maybe she’ll learn something from her former boss David Adleman, who was appointed a committee chair by the Republican majority (something the Democratic leadership never did) and find a way to not only respect the majority party, but maybe support a few conservative initiatives, like tax reform or fighting sex trafficking, or more tax benefits for having or adopting children. But I wish Ms. Parent the best of luck in what could be a very interesting primary.

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