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House District 159 candidates
Jon Burns
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State Rep. Jon Burns

Age: 63

Family (spouse and children): Wife-Dayle Burns; children-Jon Guerry (Ginny), Wilson (Suzie), five wonderful grandchildren

Occupation: Agribusiness; small business owner

Place of birth/how long you have lived in Effingham: Resident of Effingham County my entire life

Previous political experience and other elective offices you may have sought: State Transportation Board member; State Representative House member, 12 years

Why I’m running:

During my time in the Georgia General Assembly, we have balanced the budget, reduced taxes on hardworking Georgians, enhanced educational opportunities for students, and protected our conservative values and constitutional rights.
While I am proud of my record and what we have accomplished, there is still more work to be done. I am running for re-election to keep pushing forward with conservative reforms that strengthen our communities, protect our families, and foster better opportunities for our children and grandchildren.
While providing state support to our local schools, hospitals, and law enforcement agencies, to planning for future infrastructure needs and economic challenges, we must work together for a better, brighter future in District 159.

Top three objectives:

To strengthen the local economy and bring new, high-paying jobs to our region, we must continue to identify and invest in key transportation projects. This year, we secured funding for construction of the Effingham Parkway that will run from Highway 30 to Blue Jay Road. This $44 million investment from the state into our local community will improve driver safety, help alleviate existing traffic congestion, and prepare for increased traffic to and from the Port of Savannah. In my next term, I will work with local leaders to ensure that Effingham County and the remainder of House District 159 has the necessary infrastructure to grow and prosper.

Thanks to conservative leadership in the House and Senate, Georgia is now the #1 State for Business. With low taxes and business-friendly government, businesses are relocating to the Peach State and companies with a footprint already in our state are expanding, investing, and taking advantage of our highly trained workforce.
By investing in education, workforce development, and transportation, we can keep Georgia growing. With smart, conservative representation in the State House, our community will continue to be a place that our children and grandchildren are proud to call home.

Health care
In the state House, we must continue to find and advance conservative solutions to address our state’s pressing health care challenges. Legislation passed this session offers tax credits to individuals and corporations who donate to rural hospitals and other healthcare organizations. This innovative approach helps address the problem of health care access in Georgia. We must also continue to support the creation of new medical residency programs in critical areas such as OB/GYN services, emergency medicine and rural health care. This common sense approach helps ensure our medical school graduates remain in Georgia to practice, thus improving the quality and quantify of health care available to Georgians.