Nikki Merritt earned a degree in English from the University of Georgia and another in English Composition and Rhetoric from Georgia State University . Merritt was first elected to the seat in November 2020. She currently serves on four committees including Government Oversight and Special Judiciary .
She is currently a member of a local labor union and volunteers through Community Action Network Initiatives. She retired from customer service at AT&T after 23 years .
Merritt supports expanding Medicaid and making reproductive care available to women.
Merritt advocates for expanding opportunities providing assistance and support programs to small businesses and their employees. She believes in lowering the bar for eligibility in these initiatives. Merritt supports increasing taxes on the wealthy and distributing that funding to programs assisting low-income families. Additionally, she promotes workers’ rights and presence of labor unions in Georgia.
Merritt prioritizes sufficient investment into public infrastructure, transportation systems, and expanded access to renewable energy.
Merritt believes in measures that make voting more accessible, having supported legislation creating guidelines for poll location changes. She also proposes an independent nonpartisan redistricting commission to avoid gerrymandering in favor of one party.
Merritt supports distributing sufficient funds to all Georgian schools and action against exorbitantly high student debt .