Democrat Doug Stoner, 46, a lifelong Smyrna resident, seeks a fifth term in the State Senate, to which he was first elected in 2004 after a term in the state House of Representatives.
“I am running for reelection in order to provide a moderate and rationale voice in the Georgia state Senate and to work with legislators on both sides of the aisle to create an educated workforce, a strong transportation infrastructure, and a pro-growth environment in which Georgia businesses and Georgia citizens thrive,” he said.
Stoner ran unopposed in the July 31 primary election. He is the director of business development at third-generation family business Croy Engineering, which owns and operates Dairy Queens near Lost Mountain, Hiram and Carrolton, and said his top priority is the economy.
“The single most important issue facing Georgians is a stagnant economy and limited jobs creation,” he said. “I will continue to advocate for pro-growth policies that benefit our growing industries, such as film, manufacturing, bioscience research and health care.”
Education is a priority for Stoner, the husband of Della, the father of daughters Honor and Gray, and a 1989 political science graduate of Kennesaw State University.
“We must invest in education,” he said. “I will continue to push to support for public education, oppose sweetheart deals dressed up as education reform, and fight to ensure the HOPE scholarship maximizes the number of students that are able to attend college.”
Stoner, who chaired the Cobb County Transit Board from 1999 to 2002 and a current member of the Smyrna Downtown Development Authority and Cobb County Chamber of Commerce board, said transportation — and its effect on business — is also a priority.
“We must take steps to improve our transportation infrastructure,” he said. “I will continue to work with my fellow senators on the Senate Transportation Committee to find innovative ways to improve our transportation system, connect the fractured metro Atlanta workforce and reduce the time commuters spend stuck in traffic.”
Stoner’s campaign fund had about $100,000 net cash on hand as of Sept. 30 according to the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission, formerly the state Ethics Commission.