Cantrell, 52, of Woodstock, said he’s spending a lot of time preparing for the job and is excited to represent the people in his community and surrounding areas.
“There’s a healthy amount of nervousness, excitement and eagerness,” Cantrell said. “I’m really looking forward to representing our district.”
From studying Georgia laws to spending time with other representatives, Cantrell said he’s got a lot to learn as he prepares for his new role.
“I’ve been doing a lot of reading about laws in Georgia and the procedures which must be followed in order to enact new law or adjust current law,” he said.
“I’ve also spent a lot of time with some state representatives asking questions, listening and taking notes.”
He’s also spending time getting to know the community he will represent next year.
“I’ve spent a great deal of time with future constituents, listening to their concerns and ideas. Because House District 22 extends into three counties, I am a member of three different county delegations — Cherokee, Forsyth and Fulton,” Cantrell explained.
Cantrell said being a state representative will be a tremendous amount of work, and he’s ready to represent his constituents.
“Knocking on doors and making phone calls helped me to understand what is important to the constituents of House District 22. Now, I’m spending my time learning how I can represent their concerns at the Gold Dome and be effective in representing them,” Cantrell said.
Cantrell said his No. 1 priority will be working toward legislation that will begin the process of implementing term limits for all state legislators.
“This is a popular issue with the people but not with most legislators. It’s time for Georgia to reclaim her citizen-led Legislature,” Cantrell said. “This will be a difficult process, but I am determined to do everything in my power and to work with others to see this happen. Our governor is term-limited. Thank goodness our current president is term-limited. State legislators should be term-limited.”
In addition, Cantrell said the most important issues to him are education, taxes, transportation and Obamacare.
“We need effective education reforms that expand the opportunity for parents to have a greater role in choosing the best options for their children,” he said in explaining why education was one of the most important topics for him.
Cantrell said, when it comes to taxes, “we need tax reform to abolish the state income tax and replace it with the Fair Tax.”
He said transportation issues should be dealt with using a “common sense approach and local input.”
When it came to Obamacare, he said “we must nullify this irresponsible law and protect Georgians from its harmful effects.”
Cantrell, who lives in the Hickory Flat community in Woodstock, said he’s practiced servant leadership his entire life and said that experience will help him as a representative.
“I’ve been married over 28 years, and my wife and I have raised three amazing children. I’ve been in ministry for 30 years working hard to address people’s most important spiritual needs,” Cantrell said.
Cantrell said he has taught school for seven years, started three different nonprofit organizations and served on the boards of three others, and helped to start the first hybrid school in Georgia.
“All of these experiences make me the person I am today, which I think prepares me to represent the people of House District 22,” Cantrell said. “As I said during the campaign, I believe everyone is worthy of being served.”