As the 2020 primary elections approach, U.S. Representative David Scott (D-Georgia) is looking towards re-election. However, Scott will have to defend his seat from former Cobb County Democratic Party chairman Michael Owens, who announced on Monday that he’s coming for the congressman.
Scott has managed to hold on to metro Atlanta’s 13th Congressional District since 2003, which comprises several suburbs to the west and south’s of the city; including Austell, Mableton, Douglasville, Jonesboro, Union City, and a piece of southwest Atlanta.
He and Owen’s previously went toe-to-toe back in 2014, when Owens lost, with less than 20 percent of the vote, allowing Scott to walk away victorious with 82 percent.
Owens is currently an information security officer at Equifax and CEO of the U.S. Global Center for Cyber Policy.
The Mabelton, GA resident told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, that when elected he will focus on data privacy, cyber and election security, raising minimum wages, voting rights, and economic policies for minorities and low-income individuals.
Owen also gave comments on Scott, saying he has “become too cozy with some Republicans,” and claiming that his bipartisan relations are “making it harder for us to flip seats here in Georgia.”
However, part of the allure of Scott is his bipartisanship and his ability to reach across the aisle has led to many victories and partnerships throughout his congressional career.
Scott’s congressional track record includes authoring laws for student loan repayment assistance for law students who become public prosecutors and defenders, securing $80 million in funding in the 2018 Farm Bill for agriculture-focused scholarships at the 19 Historically Black and Universities (HBCU) 1890’s Land-Grant Colleges and Universities, and helping to pass major reforms surrounding the U.S. Veteran Affairs Department.
Just a couple days ago, Scott introduced bipartisan legislation in support of developing markerspaces at HBCUs. Through the MAKERS Act, incentives will be given for makerspaces at HBCUs, Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and community colleges in all communities including rural.
“HBCUs play a pivotal role in preparing minority students for the workforce and my home-state of Georgia hosts ten HBCUs where thousands of African-American students graduate annually. All Americans, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, should have the opportunity to partake in the increasing demand for a STEM-capable workforce and makerspaces are where that demand is met. The MAKERS Act bridges the gap between HBCUs and the increased demand for STEM-capable employees by providing grants to develop and hone both hard and soft skills in students,” said Scott in a news release.
The Act calls for community spaces that provide a variety of services, including access to tools, technology, and knowledge so that individuals can innovate, obtain workforce skills and begin early-stage entrepreneurial business ventures.
Back in Georiga, Scott is responsible for sponsoring several job fairs where over 7,000 jobs were secured by his constituents. He also hosts an annual health fair, targeting AIDS, breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, and other health-related issues.
Despite previously losing to a political heavyweight like Scott, it seems as though Owens is confident that this time around will not be the same as last time. However, former East Point Mayor Jannquell Peter has also put her bid in for the congressional seat in the primaries; and there are reportedly a lot of others who are considering gunning for Scott.