On Thursday, October 10, U.S. Senate candidate Steen Miles visited Southeast Georgia and had attended the Constitutional Officers Association's annual Conference in Savannah.
The Constitutional Officers Association (COAG) is a non-profit state association that empowers its members to better serve Georgia citizens at the county level.
COAG’s mission is to promote professional and ethical standards through collaboration and to serve as a resource for common issues and goals. Most of the membership includes elected sheriffs, superior court judges and members of the judicial system.
Congressional candidates --including candidates running for the U.S. Senate-- were invited to this event.
Miles is one of several candidates vying to be Georgia's next U.S. Senator with hopes of replacing soon-to-be retiring Saxby Chambliss in 2014.
Miles, a progressive Democrat, is affectionately known as the "Newslady" who had been a longtime reporter for Atlanta's NBC affiliate, WXIA-TV.
In late August, Miles made her official announcement that she plans to run for the U.S. Senate.
Miles brings a very diversified and unique skill-set to the campaign. In addition to being in broadcast news, Miles has a knowledge of how laws are made and impacts people.
After her tenure with WXIA-TV, Miles ran for public office and was elected in November 2004 to the Georgia General Assembly, representing Georgia's 43rd District which encompasses East DeKalb County and Rockdale County.
When Miles stepped forward to announce her intentions to run for the U.S. Senate, she could make history as the first African-American and first woman to represent the Peach State as a U.S. Senator.
Miles was vocal in her support for various progressive issues ranging from health care to the environment.
Additionally, women's issues are also a major concern for Miles and had said the following:
“We will fight to make certain that women receive equal pay for equal work," Miles said. "We will fight to make certain that a woman’s reproductive rights remain the sacred domain of women, their doctors, and their God.”
According to Miles' website, she has taken a position on the Affordable Care Act--otherwise known as 'Obama care'.
"We will vehemently oppose any and all attempts to repeal so-called Obamacare which is an affordable free market solution to the millions of uninsured in this country. Its most attractive features are provisions that prevent insurance companies from denying benefits based on pre-existing conditions."
The ObamaCare health insurance exchanges, or ObamaCare exchanges, are State, Federal or join-run online marketplaces for health insurance.
Americans can use their State's "Affordable" Insurance Exchange marketplace to obtain coverage from competing private health care providers. Shoppers can use a price calculator to see if they qualify for subsidies and see side-by-side comparisons of qualified health plans ensuring the best deal for them and their family.
As state senator, Miles was an advocate in the Georgia General Assembly and had proposed legislation in an effort to provide affordable heath insurance to Georgians.
Miles had introduced a measure for then-Lt. Governor Mark Taylor to provide affordable health insurance for all Georgia children. She also introduced a measure to require other counties to pay for the care and treatment of their indigent at Grady Hospital.
Miles is one of five Democratic candidates who have announced their intent to run. Republicans have five candidates thus far led by U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, Paul Broun, Phil Gingery among others.
The federal primary in Georgia for 2014 election cycle is tentatively scheduled for late May.