Campaigns have gotten more expensive over the past 20 years. I won my first race for the Georgia House with $20,000. But to flip the 40th State Senate district this year, we need to raise at least $300,000.

Direct mail is still the best way to get our message to voters. Each direct mail piece costs about $1 to produce and mail. We need votes from about 41,000 people to win, and past experience says we need to reach them with our message about six times for it to stick. That’s $246,000 right there.

That sounds like a lot, but I know we can do it.

Our next campaign finance report is due January 31st, and it’s the last report before qualification happens in March.

A strong report will show the Republican incumbent, Sen. Fran Millar, that our voices should be taken seriously.

It’s been years since Fran had a truly competitive opponent, but we’re about to change that. In 2016, Hillary Clinton got 54% of the vote in our district. Sen. Millar knows his incumbency is at risk, but he continues to rave on Facebook about how great President Trump is, as if the majority of his constituents doesn’t exist.

Your donation before January 31 will help give us that strong finance report, and will help get our message out to voters so we can flip District 40 and put a fresh progressive voice in the legislature.

Any amount you can offer supports our campaign. If you are able to donate $250, that really makes a difference in reaching our goal. Or, you could consider starting a $25/month recurring donation which would add up to $250 by November! I personally see every donation that comes in. Each one, no matter the size, motivates me to run harder.

As a State Senator, I will fight for accessible and affordable healthcare; a cleaner environment; and a quality education for every child, regardless of the zip code they live in.

That’s why I’m running for the 40th State Senate District, and why I hope you’ll consider making a contribution so we can flip this district.

Where to Give: Online at www.sallyharrell.org, or by mail to P.O. Box 941365, Atlanta, GA 31141 (make your check payable to Committee to Elect Sally Harrell and list your occupation and employer).

Sally

“Now is the time to stand up, claim our shared values and create change.”

I am proud to announce my candidacy for Georgia’s 40th Senate District. We are at a crucial moment in Georgia’s history. Our demographics are changing. Our politics are evolving. Now is the time to stand up, claim our shared values and create change.

Voters in this district are engaged, informed, and know that many important decisions directly affecting their lives will be made at the state level in the years ahead. It is time we get it right on healthcare, education, transportation, and the myriad other issues facing Georgians.

I believe that government can have a positive impact on people’s everyday lives. All our citizens deserve affordable healthcare, universal high-quality education from early childhood through college, practical and efficient transportation options, and clean air and water. It’s time that our government works for the people.

I am ready to lead the charge on these issues and stand strong for the voters of Dunwoody, Doraville, Chamblee, Tucker, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, and Peachtree Corners.

Advocating for progressive change is what I do, through the legislative process and through the non-profit community. From 1999 – 2005, I served in the Georgia House of Representatives, during which time I championed a wide range of women and children’s healthcare issues, advocated for access to mental health services, fought for school recess for children, and passed a law protecting women who breastfeed in public. Prior to serving in the legislature, I served as the Executive Director of the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, Inc.

My positions and leadership are in sharp contrast to Fran Millar, who currently holds the seat. Congress has made clear its intention to pass down key policy issues such as healthcare and education to the states. And with congressional district lines being redrawn after the 2020 census, it only serves to amplify just how important this Senate seat will be. We need a Senator that better represents our values during this critical time.

I look forward to working with people throughout the district, listening and shaping an agenda that works to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and throughout Georgia.