Trevari, Lopez Qualify to Succeed State Rep. Floyd in Gwinnett House Seat
(APN) ATLANTA — Two candidates have qualified to seek the Democratic nomination for Georgia State House District 99, a district in Gwinnett County, currently held by State Rep. Hugh Floyd (D-Norcross), who has declined to run for reelection after fourteen years of public service.
Jay Trevari and Brenda Lopez are seeking the seat.
Trevari has lived in Gwinnett County since 1998 and has been a party officer and committee member for the Georgia Democratic Party.
Trevari is a member of the Communications Workers of America union, and previously ran for a position on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners during the last election cycle
Trevari told APN that Rep. Floyd asked her to run for the seat, although he has not officially endorsed.
Trevari’s primary issues are Medicaid expansion, realistic funding for public schools, and a modern transportation system. She is also concerned about private prison contracts in Georgia.
“I recognize that as long as Georgia continues to do business with these corporations, the more the youth and minorities are at risk of being thrown into the prison pipeline,” Trevari said.
Brenda Lopez has lived in Gwinnett County for ten years. She is an attorney with her own practice.
Lopez is the Vice-President of the Latino Caucus in the Georgia Democratic Party. She says she is running for Seat 99 because she wants to see more inclusive representation for the district, increase voter engagement, and fight for more progressive policies for the entire state.
Georgia’s WIN List has endorsed Ms. Lopez. Lopez is a graduate of WIN List’s Leadership Academy Program and was labeled a “Rising Star.”
“I have an advocacy background, I believe in not only fighting for legislation inside the Dome, but taking the fight outside directly to our citizens to magnify our voices,” Lopez tells Atlanta Progressive News.
“South Gwinnett needs more attention, and if elected, I will make myself very available and easy to contact with any and all concerns,” Lopez said.
No Republican qualified to run, so, unless an independent or minor party candidate qualifies, the Democratic nominee will be elected to the seat in the General Election this November.