Who We Are

“The first election I was able to vote in was the 2016 primary. What I came to realize was the only way to truly help the people around me was to get involved with leaders I believed in. Gwinnett county is an amazing and diverse place and I want to do everything I can to make sure the people who live here are well taken care of by someone as genuine and truly caring as Emily. And I know together, we can flip the 106 in 2020!”

Cassie Reid

Graphic Design

“To influence people’s lives, I believe you have to reach out and listen to them first. Not speak at them. I wanted to support a campaign that was inclusive and open to new, sustainable solutions to problems in my community. I joined Emily’s campaign because she’s willing to expand the conversation on issues like transportation, and access for people living with disabilities, to those affected.”

Xan-Rhea Bilal

Volunteer Coordinator

“We all know we need different leadership and effective solutions to bring justice for all. After seeing real awareness raised in Georgia and around the country in 2016 and again in 2018, I had renewed faith that meaningful change is possible. 
 
The reasons boil down to three things: Sincerity, trust and hope. I know the foundation of this movement and this campaign holds genuine empathy for every community. I can put all my trust in it, and that gives me more hope. 
 
Saying yes to the political campaign trail was simple. Saying yes to Emily’s campaign especially, was a no-brainer. Change happens from the bottom up, and this is as grassroots as it gets.”
Zain F. Lilani

Campaign Manager

“I have been a political activist for forty years and have worked in countless campaigns during that time. I have come to the conclusion that hard work, community support, and most importantly, real values that you are passionate about, are the keys to a successful campaign. Emily Leslie has all of these.

In addition to being a political activist, I am also a disability rights activist. I try to educate any campaign I work with about the issues important to people with disabilities, and ways to make a campaign more accessible. Emily has not only been willing to listen, she has sought out more information and tried to educate herself.

Emily has shown me she believes in a society that is inclusive of all people. She has made reaching out to the diverse population of her district, and beyond, a cornerstone of her campaign. I applaud her for this, hoping that it will become the norm in campaigns in the future. Our strength as a country is our diversity and we should celebrate it.”

Vincent Olsziewski

Treasurer

“I am a political professional, originally from Texas. Emily’s passion for economic justice led me to join the team. I worked on another campaign as well in 2018 as a field director. I have been pleased to be working with Emily Leslie since 2018.”
Jason Rhode

Communications Director

“The 2020 elections are here? No time to wait. We must move forward with haste and determination. Let’s elect Democrats! My goal is to campaign for economic and political stability in my community (Snellville) and Gwinnett proper. I will be working to elect a candidate that shares my political and economic views. This campaign will be about the grass roots, people-to-people involvement in Snellville and surrounding areas. Let us get to work!”

Esau Alston

Field Operations

“After Gwinnett County flipped blue in 2016, I realized that people who look like and think like me can make a difference in local politics. Gwinnett is one of the most diverse counties in the Southeast, and we need local leaders that embrace the strength of diversity and acceptance, rather than to being hostile against it. Emily is the type of leader we need here in Gwinnett, thanks to her commitment to making Gwinnett a welcoming place for all. I enjoy working with her, and our team because we all share progressive values and acceptance. Together, we will flip HD106!”
Saif Issani

Policy Research / Data Analysis

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