My name is Zachary Perry and I am running for Georgia Senate to represent the people of Walton, Oconee and Clarke Counties.

I decided to run for State Senate because I believe that it is long past time for our elected officials to represent the interests of the people. That means everyone! Not just those who donate to my campaign or agree with me on every issue. As your representative, I fully intend to look out for your interests, whether you are in Monroe, Watkinsville, or Athens.

I grew up in Habersham County, in the foothills of Northeast Georgia. My parents had moved from Atlanta so that my sister and I could grow closer to my grandparents. From an early age, I was instilled with many of the values that I still hold today. Central to these is a respect for all people and a belief that it is the duty of everyone to help those in need.

I carried that sense of duty with me through the years by working within the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, as a youth leader at churches in Clarkesville, Johns Creek, and Athens.

For nearly a decade, I have worked in the service industry, either as a server, bartender, and even a zip-line tour guide in Lula, GA. While earning my B.A. from the University of North Georgia, I was often working multiple jobs amounting to full-time hours, in order to support myself while also attending school full-time. Through this experience I have been personally exposed to the harsh reality faced by many Georgians: while our elected officials promote years of Georgia being the “#1 state for Business” the workers who are the foundation of this economy still struggle to improve their lives or even pay their rent.

After graduating I worked as a bar manager in Downtown Athens where I met people from all walks of life. During that time, I came to realize that there is more that unites us than divides us. Most people just want the opportunity to succeed, and many feel that they don’t have that chance.

Currently, I am in my second year at The University of Georgia School of Law. Like many following the 2016 election, I came to law school with grand visions of righting the ship and returning my country to the values of justice and equality which I held dear. However, through my studies I’ve discovered that many of the challenges faced by Georgians are systemic and fixing them will take more than strong words and good speeches. As your Senator, I will work tirelessly to transform the State government into an entity that works for the average Georgian, not against them.

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