My name is Steven Griffin. I’ve been a resident of the 6th district for over 20 years. I went to school here, I grew up here, I’ve made my home here, and I hope to raise my family here. I have a boyfriend of two and a half years (who I will make my husband someday, if he’ll have me). Unlike many politicians and candidates, I am not independently wealthy, I do not have national notoriety, and I cannot afford to sink tens of thousands of dollars into my election campaign. I don’t think that should matter. The amount of money in your pocket shouldn’t dictate whether your voice counts, or whether you can run for – and win – elected office.
Although I was privileged to attend a series of very good public schools (Shallowford Falls, Simpson, and Lassiter), I grew up relatively poor – the son of a single mother who did her best to keep our family financially afloat. Consequently, I have perspective that informs sound, respectful and thoughtful policy proposals.
Most recently, I was a policy coordinator at CDC in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The branch I worked with focused on early childhood development, autism, the prevention of neural tube defects, and the prevention of fetal alcohol syndrome. It was with great sorrow that I had to leave my job in order to run, as the Hatch Act prohibits Federal employees from engaging in partisan political activity.
When I took my civil service oath, I swore to uphold and defend the Constitution. I intend to do exactly that.