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District 38 seat at stake in primary
by Noreen Cochran
May 13, 2014 02:16 PM | 944 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
State Senate District 38, which includes portions of Cobb and Fulton counties, may change leadership in Tuesday’s primary as two Democrats are the only qualified candidates in the election.

Reginald Crossley, 32, of Atlanta, is a Fulton County youth commissioner and program development leader in the county department of housing and human services.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Clark Atlanta University, certification in alcohol, tobacco and other drug specialization from the Georgia School of Addiction Studies and certification in violence prevention from the Prevention Credentialing Consortium of Georgia.

Crossley is married with no children.

This will be his second run for the district; he previously vied for it in 2012 against this year’s opponent, incumbent Horacena Tate.

He said his top three issues are the “3 E’s” of education, employment and environment.

Crossley said he is the best person for the job because he brings to it a diverse work experience in education, nonprofits, state and local government and small business.

He said his 3 E’s form a solution-based action plan.

“This action plan echoes the needs of our youth, working class and seasoned elders,” Crossley said. “I will support small business and encourage entrepreneurship. I will also address the issues of abandoned homes and community blight bringing down property values and deterring investors. I plan to meet with key corporations to expand business ventures into District 38 for increased employment opportunities. I will also advocate for increasing community recreation for youth and seniors.”

Tate, 56, of Atlanta, is the president of technical writing, software training and management training consulting firm Tate Marsh and Associates.

Previously, for 20 years, she worked with United Airlines and its subsidiary Apollo Travel Services and prior to that, with the Georgia Department of Labor.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Georgia in 1977, a master’s degree in education administration from Atlanta University in 1988 and a doctorate in education from Clark Atlanta University in 1992.

Tate is married with no children.

She began serving her first of eight terms in the state Senate in 1999.

She is on the rules, appropriations. education and youth, state and local governmental operations, reapportionment and redistricting, and urban affairs committees.

Tate’s top three issues are education, children and health care.

She said she is the best person for the job because of her experience.

“As a current state senator and Senate Democratic caucus chair, I have gained the necessary experience to continue to serve the citizens of the 38th district,” Tate said. “I have been successful at passing legislation and getting money in the state budget for local schools. I am the only candidate with actual experience in the legislative process and I have a true understanding of how our state government works.”

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