My name is Emily Leslie. I’m different from most of the people who run for office. I was raised by a family who believed in serving their neighbors. My grandparents were teachers, and my parents were social workers. Public service is in my blood. In our house, we believed in the community. We believed in standing up for the needs of the community. That’s what I was taught, and that’s what I still believe.
I grew up living with a disability and raise a child who lives with a learning disorder. I knew needed advocacy and an ally who could fight for his rights. So I decided to pursue a career in Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and Addiction Recovery. Over the years, I’ve helped people in crisis. I’ve fought for human rights. I’ve organized for a more representative democracy with progressive organizations, It’s been a long, satisfying career.
I believe we have a moral duty to help people who are battling mental health issues and addiction. These two problems tend to intersect. We all know somebody who is bearing this burden. Nobody should have to face that battle alone. When I worked as a peer counselor, I saw so many people fighting to make their situations better. It wasn’t for lack of trying. Rather, it was because our society didn’t give them the tools they needed to succeed.
Our elected officials keep themselves distant from these daily struggles. That has to end. Friends, I am not running for this office as a politician. Like you, all I want to do is help.
I’m Em. I’m your neighbor. There is a person behind these words.
My story is your story. I know the ups and downs of raising kids, supporting an extended family, and trying my best to help my family. Our representatives should fight to make life better, to make your life easier. Democracy means everyone gets a seat at the table. Nobody is left out.
If you elect me, I will fight for you. I will build on my years as a community advocate. With Emily Leslie in the Statehouse, your voice will be heard loud and clear in Atlanta.