Through its political action committee in Washington, D.C., the National Fraternal Order of Police is donating $1,000 to business owner Liz Carter to represent Georgia's 4th Congressional District.
William E. Peacock, Jr. Lodge #10, representing law enforcement officers in DeKalb County, already had voted to endorse Carter in her race against incumbent candidate Hank Johnson.
Members of the local lodge will present the donation to Carter on behalf of the national membership at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the DeKalb Fraternal Order of Police Lodge, 1238 Ridge Ave., Stone Mountain, Ga., 30083. Georgia President of the Fraternal Order of Police Carlton Stallings and State Trustee W.E. "Billy" Peacock will be also be in attendance. The public and press are invited to attend.
The national organization regularly backs candidates who focus on public safety issues, according to National FOP President Chuck Canterbury. "The FOP exists to support law enforcement officers across the country," he said. "That responsibility includes working to ensure officers' needs and concerns are a priority to local, state and national officials. Johnson's public safety record is unsatisfactory, and Carter should be a refreshing change."
Carter considers public safety an issue of national security - one of her key concerns. "Our sheriff, police and fire departments are our first responders and should be treated with the respect we give our troops," she said. "These men and women serve our country and are part of our national security infrastructure. With the issues that face our great nation, we cannot afford to cut public safety jobs."
Carter, a job creator who focuses on delivering best practices and thought leadership, has 20 years of business experience. She's been noted for managing multi-million dollar business units, effectively cutting costs and increasing revenues - skills she intends to leverage in Congress.
Prior to owning her own consulting firm, she held executive-level marketing and business management positions at high technology and financial companies. Carter began her career in land development and transitioned into the world of technology at Novell before continuing in leadership positions at State Street Corporation, Sitara Networks and CheckFree Corporation.