[Update: Judson Hill stepped down from the state senate in 2017 to run for the the seat left empty by Tom Price, who accepted a role in Donald Trump’s administration. Please read this if you are considering voting for him]
Dear Senator Judson Hill,
I am shaking with anger right now. The Georgia Senate just voted moments ago on HB 885, the medical cannabis bill. As it was discussed, my son’s 12-day seizure free streak ended at my feet. The bill passed 54-0. Two people didn’t vote. Where were you?
You have constituents that have tried to reach you for months. You have blown us off. You have tweeted and posted about your work on on SB 98, a bill to prevent healthcare plans from funding abortions. But you are silent on two bills that help children who have already been born. Two bills to benefit children: one bill to make insurance companies provide coverage to children who need therapy due to an autism diagnosis and another to help parents obtain a medicine that could help children with severe seizure disorders, and you did not vote on either. Why? Clearly, you have constituents that want to be represented. Perhaps I’m outnumbered? Maybe you heard from more people that didn’t want you to support these measures than did support. In that case, you didn’t represent them either.
I first e-mailed you on January 9. I did not hear from you, but given that the bill started in the House, I figured there was time, and that I’d hear from you when it became a Senate issue.
I e-mailed you again on January 31.
And February 6.
And February 24 in regards to SB397–the autism bill you didn’t vote on.
And March 7. Twice.
And March 11.
Plus an e-mail from my husband.
On February 5 we had a scheduled face-to-face meeting. I came down to the Gold Dome with my son and arrived at your office at the scheduled time. You were not there. You had not come in yet that day. No one could tell me when you would arrive.
On March 10, I attended your town hall meeting that you scheduled. You did not show up.
I tweeted you on several occasions:
and March 11
and March 13
and March 19. Twice.
I have never received any response from you whatsoever. I do not know of anyone in the district that has, and I won’t even get into how many times you’ve been contacted by others I have talked to. My efforts to reach you pale in comparison to the efforts of another nearby family who has a far more dire situation.
I guess you can afford to treat your constituents that way when you are unopposed.
But someday you won’t be, and I can’t wait. I will be there and I will be vocal.
One of your many irrelevant constituents
I finally sorta kinda made contact with Judson two years after I posted this letter. Apparently, the key to getting his attention is his wife. Rep. Allen Peake had posted on his public page about his disappointment in the failure of the 2016 Georgia legislature to expand medical cannabis. Senator Hill’s wife commented and the following thread resulted on that post.
I refrained from pointing out that the family he spent time with was the one that received the most press this year.
But this is how he handles “problem” constituents.