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MONEY IN POLITICS
Steve Hill has watched the decline of the power of the people largely due to the influence of huge amounts of corporate cash. He will be accepting donations from individuals only. “The people need to be heard,” said Steve. “I’m the one that’s listening.”
Steve’s wife works in the education field and he has friends who are educators. Steve Hill knows that improving the education system is integral to getting better outcomes for students. Part of that is getting money where it is needed: to the underfunded, underserved areas of the district. “We’ve got high poverty levels; 82% of kids qualify for free lunch, the grades are bad, especially when it comes to the African American kids.” Steve Hill is concerned that this issue is easily ignored, and notoriously difficult to do anything about.
“Everything is about testing, not about getting supplies and funds to those who need it most,” he said. “We have to find ways to get equality into the school system. The better the education, the better the outcomes in terms of employment, taxes, lower levels of crime. Everything depends on getting a decent education and opportunities in front of those who don’t have access to that now.”
Who hasn’t been following all the news stories about the brutality many police officers are using against ordinary citizens? While everyone would like to believe that every officer is going to help the community, too often, officers are falling short. Far from being helpful, they have become abusive toward their community.
“We see a lot of problems with the police that aren’t being addressed,” said Steve. “If we want the police to truly do their jobs, which is to protect the public, then we must hold those who are not doing that accountable.”
Steve Hill believes immigrants bring a strength to America. Not only are they a vital part of the workforce, but they bring their cultures, languages, and values with them. “Having people of different races, religions, and cultures, brings not only diversity, but strength to a community. Areas with diversity are blessed with energy and a revitalization of a sense of community that makes us stronger,” said Steve.
RESPECT FOR THE CONSTITUTION
The events of January 6th in our nation’s capital sickened Steve Hill. “I took an oath to defend this country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. We must come together to realize that the Constitution is what draws us together as Americans. An attack on the Constitution is an attack on all of us.”
Further, a respect for the Constitution includes the separation of church and state. “You can have your religion in your personal life. Perhaps it influences the way you vote as a person,” said Steve. “That’s all well and good. But no religious organization should be buying politicians to try to turn our democracy into a theocracy.”
This is why Steve Hill finds it important to describe himself as a Satanist. “Satan? He doesn’t exist, at least not as a supernatural entity. But as a symbol of standing up to authority? Hell, yeah. We need people in politics who will stand up to the corporations, who will fight for the kid in the school that has no funding and no supplies, who will wrestle with the police unions, who will fight to keep one religion from asserting its beliefs on to everyone. That, to me, is the role of Satan. It’s a role I take seriously, and will take on in service to the 27th District.”
Everyone over the age of 18 should not only have the right to vote, but the means to do so. If this means mail-in ballots, or carpooling seniors to the polls, or getting a sufficient number of ballot and voting machines to the polling places on time, then that’s what it takes. In the 21st century, we should have more options on how to vote and have our votes heard, not fewer. Also, we need to stop fixing problems that aren’t there. How many people tried to vote illegally in the last presidential election? Fewer than two dozen, according to the Washington Post. But how many people have been kept from the polls by the new forms of poll taxes, voter IDs? According to APM Reports, over 87,000 in Georgia alone.
This shows the problem is not voter fraud, it’s voter suppression. Steve Hill will be a voice against limiting Americans’ right to vote. “If we are eligible to vote, we should be voting, and no one should be hindering that,” said Steve.
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