ATLANTA — Newly elected state Sen. Greg Dolezal has only been in office since Jan. 14, but he has hit the ground running.
Dolezal represents Georgia’s 27th Senate District, which includes Cumming and parts of Forsyth County.
“The best part has been sitting in the reality of the responsibility and trust people have placed in me, and trying to carry that well,” he said. “Georgia is on a great trajectory with job growth, transportation projects that are underway and how the education system continues to trend higher.”
It is no surprise Forsyth County ranks high on those areas, but Dolezal said he has become more aware of the different perspectives on the issues that face Forsyth versus the rest of the state.
Some of those topics include transportation projects, funding to expand the University of North Georgia campus in Cumming, growth challenges and how to address some school funding problems, he said.
One way he plans to address those problems is through his committee appointments.
Dolezal was appointed to serve as vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology. He also serves on the Health and Human Services, Reapportionment and Redistricting, Education and Youth, and Government Oversight committees.
Dolezal said he was surprised to be appointed vice chairman as a freshman senator.
He said his job as a partner at Renewed Vision, a technology firm based in Forsyth County, helped him get that appointment.
“The whole ecosystem there revolves around a committee model,” he said. “There is a lot of jockeying for positions and a lot of influence derived through which committees house reps. and senators get placed on. They thought they could use somebody with a technology background on that committee, so I’m honored they chose me to help lead it.”
A survey sent to constituents placed education at the top of the list of issues they want elected officials to focus on.
“Sitting on the education committee was significant,” Dolezal said. “There is a lot we need to focus on to continuing funding and also looking at ways and options for our education model. We need to look at 21st century curriculum and jobs.”
With an eye on the future, Dolezal said he sees Forsyth gaining a greater voice in the state.
Last April, Forsyth County was named among the top growing counties in the United States. The county population has grown from 175,000 residents in 2010 to 227,000 in 2017, a 29 percent increase, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
“When it comes to Forsyth County, we’ve obviously grown more than any other county in the state in the last 10 years,” he said. “So when the lines get redrawn for new representative districts, it’s going to be good for Forsyth County to have a seat at the table to understand the lay of the land.”
Dolezal can be reached at 404-915-1212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.