Jason Hayes

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Jason Hayes graduated from Xavier University in 1999 with a B.S in chemistry. He earned an M.D and a Master of Science in Public Health degree (M.S.P.H) from Meharry Medical College in 2004. Hayes interned under representative Jim Cooper from Tennessee prior to his graduation. Hayes went back to school in 2016 and earned an M.B.A from the University of Tennessee. He is a board-certified physician and currently runs a small medical practice. Hayes ran for election in 2020 to the Georgia House of Representatives as the democratic nominee but was defeated.

Key Issues

Voting Rights

Hayes advocates for increasing voting windows and improving access to alternative voting options, including mail-in ballots and dropbox. He supports investing in new voting technology including voting by computer. Hayes advocates against SB 202, otherwise known as the Election Integrity Act.

Education

Hayes supports increasing teachers’ salaries to be consistent with those in the top 5 states in the country. He advocates for teaching of “practical subjects” including personal finance, entrepreneurship, and trade programs. Hayes also supports the development of state satellite internet for all students in Georgia, as well as increasing funding for the HOPE scholarship.

Healthcare

Hayes advocates for the expansion of Medicaid. He supports recruiting more physicians and mid-level practitioners and fostering a better retention rate at hospitals. Hayes would support constructing community health centers, including mental health and substance abuse recovery centers, in underserved Georgian areas. 

Economy

Hayes advocates for tax breaks for small businesses and for the establishment of an organization similar to the Small Business Administration specifically for Georgian businesses. He also supports using corporate tax breaks to draw more industry into the state.

Endorsements

Committee for a New Georgia, American Advocacy Fund

Sources

Youtube

Ballotpedia

vote.cae.gatech.edu

GPB News