9 Questions for Georgia’s Labor Commissioner Candidates

BY - October 20, 2018

Georgia Labor Commissioner Candidates Election 2018
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Much of what this state agency—which receives approximately 95 percent of its funding from the federal government—does is manage unemployment benefits. But it also plays a vital role in workforce training and preparing residents with skills they need to fill jobs in a fast-changing labor market. Georgia’s unemployment rate might sit below 4 percent, but when the next economic downturn happens, you’re going to want someone who knows how to support a population in need. Below, our 11 questions for the candidates and their responses, which have been edited for length and clarity.

  1. Mark Butler (R)
  2. Richard Keatley (D)