Who am I?

I am a native of Panama, and moved to the US due to the Noriega Dictatorship. I was fortunate that my mother was a soldier in the Army, and was able to sponsor me in the US. I moved first to Fort Lewis in Seattle, then to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, where I completed both High school and college. I met and married there while he was on his last duty station in the Air Force and I completed my graduate degree. Once my husband retired, he wished to move back home to Georgia, and thus we have been settled in Henry county with our two boys for the last ten years.
There is something about living under a dictatorship that makes you appreciate democracy all the more. When I was first eligible to vote some 20 years ago, I chose the Democratic Party for its emphasis on the least of these even though I am Pro-Life, since then I began to refer to myself as a conservative Democrat.
Entrepreneur/Business Owner: Dr. Nelva Lee is the President and Founder of the MiTio Institute and the MiTio Foundation. The MiTio Institute is an Online Medical Interpreting and Translating Diploma Training Program. www.mitio.org
HealthCare Executive/Professor: Dr. Lee is an Associate Professor of Health Sciences for various proprietary Universities. Dr. Lee has also served as a Mental Health Coordinator for the Department of Health and as Director of Patient Advocacy for the Grady Health System. And Chair of the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters. http://www.certifiedmedicalinterpreters.org/
Philanthropist: Dr. Lee is also the Chair and Founder of the MiTio Foundation. The MiTio Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization that partners with various charitable groups to help the poor. The MiTio Foundation also provides scholarships to missionary youth and bilingual students. www.mitiofoundation.com
Military: I have a long military background. My mother served n the US Army, my husband served and retired from the US Air Force and was a veteran of the Gulf War. My two brothers are currently serving in the Army and Air Force respectively and are both veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
Family: Dr. Lee has been married for 12 years to her best friend Donnie Lee who is retired Air Force. Dr. Lee has two wonderful boys - Donnie Jr., and Robert D. Lee. DJ attends Strong Rock Christian School where he is an honor student and member of the Beta Club. And Robbie attends ABC Montessori School, both in Locust Grove.
Community: Dr. Lee and Family reside in Heron Bay (Locust Grove) where they are active members of their community. Dr. Lee and her husband Donnie, together serve as Sunday School/Life Group leaders at their church Eagles Landing First Baptist Church. http://www.eagleslanding.org/

Why am I running?

1. On Immigration Reform: My compassion dictates that we treat everyone humanely regardless of their country of origin. The immigration laws passed in this state have been very restrictive and they have adversely affected the workers as well as the farmers/developers who need their services. I propose a three step plan to reform immigration:
a. We must be a nation of laws, therefore I would propose an improvement in our border security and that we deport criminals who are here illegally.
b. As a nation founded from immigrants we must treat all current immigrants with dignity, and thus I would propose a pathway to citizenship via the military or college for children brought here illegally; and a back taxes penalty for illegals that choose to begin the naturalization (green card) process.
c. Lastly, lets acknowledge that migrants are the only ones who will fill certain jobs, thus we should create a guest worker program that makes sense and addresses the needs of all stakeholders, employers and workers alike.

2. Commonsense is really the only way to make business sense. Thus, I would like to focus my attention on making the Small business industry in this district as robust and viable as possible. My proposal involves:
a. Incentivizing large corporation to contract with minority, veterans, and women owned small businesses in our district.
b. Eliminating the red tape surrounding the incentives available for small business to hire employees.
c. Expanding hiring incentives to make them S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering Math) industry specific. Why focus on STEM? Because these are the jobs of the future and I want to give our graduates a head start with jobs right here at home.
3. Lastly, I am a conservative on education because my only special interest is our children. In order to fill the STEM jobs, we need to better prepare our children in Math and Science. That begins at birth with early childhood education and through High School with a focus on academics.
a. As a State Senator I will expand Head Start to the early years (1-3 years of age) where the greatest impact for a childs reading ability and overall language learning occurs.
b. I will work with elementary schools to make classrooms more student focused learning and less teacher focused environments.
c. In high school I will work to improve academic recognition in the culture. In particular a focus on Math and Science as they relate to the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards.
My platform is an aggressive one, I cannot do it alone. I will need your help to get these initiatives done. As a state senator I will host monthly topical and informative town hall meetings where I will encourage you to become engaged in the legislative process and make your request known so that I can best represent you at the capitol.
I will make that commitment to you, if you make the commitment to vote for me Dr. Nelva Lee for State Senator District 17.
Because together we can make a difference!

My Goals

Immigration Reform, Small Business Development, and Education.
I am compassionate in my immigration reform, have commonsense when it comes to small business development, and am conservative in education because my only special interest is our children.

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I have a grassroots organizer in Commissioner Lanier Sims and I plan to canvass 10% of the voters in my district.

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