Sarah Riggs Amico

Desired Office: Lt. Governor
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Sarah Riggs Amico on the Creation of New Cities
Jan 21, 2018
Sarah Riggs Amico responds to a question about her thoughts on the creation of new cities.
Sarah Riggs Amico on Private Telecom Access to the Public Right of Way
Jan 21, 2018
Sarah Riggs Amico responds to a question about her views to allowing private telcommuncation companies access to the public rights-of-ways.
Mayors' Day 2018 - Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Sarah Riggs Amico
Jan 21, 2018
Remarks from Sarah Riggs Amico at the Lieutenant Governor Candidate Forum at Mayors' Day 2018.

GMA's Question(s) to the Candidates

As Lt. Governor how would you address the various funding needs of municipal governments across the state?

Amico's Response

Municipalities provide a great number of pivotal public services to the citizens of Georgia. Adequate funding must be maintained so that these services continue to make Georgia’s cities and towns a great place to live and raise a family. Investing in  broadband, including promoting its reach to rural communities is a top concern of mine. For too long we have been disappointed with Republican’s ineffective efforts to bring 21st century investments to rural Georgia. Change is needed to develop and implement a successful strategy. With regards to revenue generation, the state must continue to play an important funding role for municipal projects that benefit the state as a whole, and I pledge to support such funding as an investment in our shared future prosperity.

GMA's Question(s) to the Candidates

As Lt. Governor how would you work to ensure that cities are equipped with the necessary resources to continue being economic engines within the state?

Amico's Response

As your next Lt. Governor, I will be a friend to Georgia’s cities. Increasing Georgian’s quality of life is a primary concern of mine. That means providing quality schools, affordable healthcare, and good jobs to all Georgians. As an executive at Jack Cooper I was able to fully fund my employees health care premiums while expanding the business, and because of that experience, I believe that you do not need to sacrifice quality of life to increase economic growth. In fact, investing in your workers and your citizens leads to a higher quality of life while attracting business investment that grows the economy. Therefore, I support increasing the capital investments in our cities and towns, modernizing the tax code, and improving the flexibility of our municipalities to fund their investments.

GMA's Question(s) to the Candidates

As Lt. Governor how would you work to preserve the home rule powers of municipalities?

Amico's Response

Home rule is important to maintain. For too long those under the golden dome have substituted their own policies for those of Georgia’s municipal governments. Pre-emption laws have restricted municipalities from passing policies on local wages, sick leave, and gun regulations. As you mention, city government is the closest elected body to the people, and as such are the most reflective of their constituents interests. As a state we should be more hesitant to take power away from our local representatives, and I would work towards that end as your next Lt. Governor. Specifically as Lt. Governor, I would use my role in presiding over the state Senate to work with Georgia’s municipalities and help them regain the right to govern their jurisdiction, including labor and gun policies.

GMA's Question(s) to the Candidates

As Lt. Governor what is your plan to facilitate intergovernmental partnerships and what is your vision for the role municipal governments can and should play in Georgia’s continued prosperity?

Amico's Response

Georgia’s municipalities are key to our growing state and its expanding economy. As Lt. Governor I plan to oversee and implement regional development plans in every corner of the state. This means working with localities already doing the hard work of improving their communities. I want the statehouse to be responsive to the needs of our counties and municipalities, and my office will always be open to their representatives. With regards to the specific topics listed, there is much we can do together to strengthen our municipalities. Criminal justice reform, including the decriminalization of minor offences, will strengthen our cities by both freeing our police to pursue violent offenders as well as reducing the burden of the justice system on those that should be helped by our community rather than locked away. Land and water conservation projects are assets to both our local communities and the state as a whole. As a Christian, I believe that we have a duty to be good stewards of our world and leave to our children a better natural environment. Immigration enforcement is best done by the federal government. Local resources should be devoted to local problems, not mandated to spend their time supplementing the substantially greater resources of the federal government.

Candidate News

Kemp calls on Amico to withdraw from race for Georgia’s No. 2 job

10/15/2018 8:08:34 AM
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia lieutenant governor candidate’s company sued for discrimination

10/12/2018 7:53:28 AM
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

AJC/Channel 2 poll: Duncan leads Amico in lieutenant governor race

10/12/2018 7:32:25 AM
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lt. Gov. candidate stops in LaGrange Wednesday

Lt. Gov. candidate Sarah Riggs Amico and insurance commissioner candidate Janice Laws spoke at LaGrange College on Wednesday morning.
10/11/2018 7:18:35 AM
LaGrange Daily News

Republican women blast Amico’s #MeToo dig at Kemp

10/11/2018 7:17:57 AM
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Amico on the Record
with Ocilla Mayor Matt Seale