Name: LaKeisha Gantt

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Running For: School Board District 7

Are you a Democrat?Yes

If elected, will you work to enact the ACCDC platform? (Attached in the email we sent you. )Yes

Have you ever been a member of the ACCDC? If you have, please indicate your years of service and describe your work with the ACCDC.

No, I am not a member of the ACCDC.

Please list all campaigns you have worked on, regardless of party affiliation, in either a volunteer or staff member capacity, on either the federal, state, or local level, and briefly describe your work on each.

I canvassed with Kamau Hull once during his campaign for school board.

Please describe any work you have done in your community, either in Athens-Clarke County or elsewhere, in support of progressive causes.

Worked in schools, addressing issues of school climate and disproportionate discipline practices. I worked with underserved families and students with the aim of improving school climate as well as mental health. Recently, I’ve began attending commission meetings to voice my opposition and concerns about an new housing community to be built for seniors that requires a zoning change and will likely not be accessible to working class families.

Please list organizations and/or causes you have been involved with in any kind of substantial way.

I have worked with youth in our community during community based initiatives as well as through my church, as a minister and leader.

If elected, what will be your policy priorities? Please describe 3 – 5 priorities.

1. Re-read the policies (sounds simple but I fear this doesn’t happen enough).

2. Identify areas in which policy might negatively impact practice, and the culture of our schools.

3. As we create policy, advocate that the policies (and procedures) are practical, equitable, and work towards supporting healthy school climates.

Does your campaign have a platform? If so, please include a link here.

Do you support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour? Yes

Do you support making it easier for workers to organize and join unions? Yes

Will you support policies aimed at increasing the stock of affordable housing in in-town neighborhoods and making home-ownership more possible for ACC’s low-income residents? Yes

Would you support initiatives to help keep longtime Athens residents in their homes — people who are in danger of being pushed out of their neighborhoods by gentrification and rising taxes? Yes

Do you support equal pay for equal work for women? Yes

Should marijuana should be removed from the list of “Schedule 1” federal controlled substances? Yes

Should local law enforcement agencies be required to assist federal immigration law enforcement agencies with deportations? No

Should military-style weapons be accessible to civilians? No

Do you support repealing the Campus Carry law? Yes

Do you support incentivizing investments in clean energy and ending tax breaks and other perks for fossil fuel companies? Yes

Do you support increasing protections for wetlands buffers to help keep our waterways uncontaminated? Yes

Do you support comprehensive non-discrimination legislation in ACC? Yes

Should it be illegal for public businesses and institutions to discriminate against LBGTQ people? Yes

Do you support the expansion of Medicaid in Georgia? Yes

Do you support the goal of Universal healthcare – healthcare as a fundamental human right for every American? Yes

Should all state education funds should be directed to public schools? Yes

What are your thoughts about how to secure safe schools for all students?

Securing safe schools for all students is an ongoing and complex work. Overall, school are safe places (in the sense that millions of students attend school without physical harm). However, there is still concern when there is even a small threat of physical harm. I do believe that schools are very vulnerable places and the prevention of any attacks is important. Areas to focus on to improve security of schools are resources officers, check in/out procedures, visitation procedures, as well as alarm systems. That’s not a comprehensive list but places to start. In Clarke County, a school safety audit is being conducted which I think will highlight more concrete areas of improvement. The importance of emotional safety is often overlooked, but I believe it’s connected to school safety. Regarding emotional safety for all students, we need more support professionals in schools, effective leadership, effective and equitable discipline policies, and environments in which teachers are supported and allowed to be the experts that they are (all of this can impact the culture and safety of a classroom).

Do you support the current Teacher Retirement System of Georgia? Yes

Should legislation requiring electoral districts be drawn by an independent, nonpartisan redistricting commission? Yes

Do you support restoring the full protections of the Voters Rights Act? Yes