Former Senator Connie Stokes is the 2014 Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor of Georgia. She is a public servant, community advocate, and a business woman. She was a Senator for ten years and a county commissioner for six. Connie Stokes has experience as a real estate broker and a management consultant. She recently became the Democratic Nominee for the 2014 primary election.
Connie is known for her public service and her passion for Georgia’s families. Whether she was fighting for laws against domestic violence and child abuse under the Gold Dome or working to improve DeKalb County as a Commissioner, she has brought compassion, intellect and drive to every issue she has championed.Stokes has strong leadership experience including, but not limited to the tutelage of former Governor Roy Barnes who charged Stokes with getting his legislation passed out of the senate. Additionally, Former Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor appointed Stokes to the leadership position of Chairwoman of the Senate Health and Human Services committee; where she directed the work for Healthcare legislation passing out the senate. She also served on the Senate Appropriations, Banking, and Insurance committees along with a host of other special purpose committees.
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Stokes continued to distinguish herself while serving on the Dekalb County Commission. She chaired the Budget and Finance Committee and worked for efficiency in government and a balanced budget. Her outstanding leadership landed her an appointment to the national board of directors of the National Association of County Officials (NACO). She is known for getting things done.
Stokes is running for Lt. Governor to get Georgia back on track buy putting education first, creating jobs, expanding Medicaid, and supporting open and honest government. She has a long list of awards from organizations recognizing her for the difference she has made as a public servant. A few Awards include the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers, the Gender Justice Award, the ABL Women of Vision, and the Acme Award. Some of her formal leadership trainings include Toll and Fleming Fellowships, as well as a graduate of Leadership DeKalb, Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Rockdale, Regional Leadership Institute, The Leadership College at UNC at Chapel Hill, The Japanese Exchange Program, and The Foreign Policy Institute.
Stokes hosted a weekly television talk show for twelve years providing information about people, places, events, and activities to enhance your quality of life. She is also sought-after public speaker and serves as a Distinguished Toastmaster with Toastmasters International (DTM). She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration in Public Management from California State University; A bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Marketing from Georgia State University; and an Associate Degree from The Art Institute of Atlanta. She is a graduate of David T. Howard High School. She is married to Dr. James A. Stokes and they have three adult sons, and two grandsons. They reside in Lithonia, Georgia and are members of St. Philip AME Church. She can be reached at www.conniestokes.com. Connie Stokes Democratic Nominee for Lt. Governor of Georgia.