Georgia’s WIN List is proud to endorse Luisa Wakeman in her bid for East Cobb County’s House District 43. She hopes to unseat Republican Sharon Cooper, who has served since 1997 and chairs the House Health and Human Services Committee.
A 2017 WIN Leadership Academy graduate, Luisa has been a long-time advocate for gun safety issues and a grassroots volunteer for political campaigns. As a wife and mother of two, she has been involved in neighborhood activities for more than 25 years, in classrooms and as a Girl Scout Leader and band chaperone – all the while working for Delta Airlines and earning an additional college degree in nursing.
Her middle name, Oudegeest, is an homage to her grandparents who resisted Nazi tyranny during WWII as part of the Dutch underground movement. “I carry with me their values of courage and bravery,” she said. “Their legacy is my constant reminder that we all must speak out for what is right and stand up for our families, neighbors, and community.”
Luisa and her parents immigrated to the United States when she was a young child. “My parents raised us as Americans to work hard, serve and live compassionately,” she said. “I believe this is true patriotism. Compassion means nothing unless it is guided by principle. Hard work is meaningless without purpose.”
Luisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Texas and, early in her career, worked in the financial services industry. She says her background in finance gives her valuable insight for understanding how the state economy works and where to cut waste in state government.
“Healthcare is not a partisan issue, it is at the core of our ability to thrive,” she said, asserting her belief Medicaid should be expanded. “It is unacceptable to have our most vulnerable citizens lack dignity in their pursuit of a healthy life. It’s unacceptable not to provide the most basic of preventative care and chronic disease management.”
She pledges to work towards better teacher compensation, to address gaps for students who need special education, and to make sure all hardworking high school students have a path to higher education through scholarships.
“When national leadership is failing, it is ever more important to have strong state leaders,” she said. “Our state has been led by politicians who try to divide us and put in place laws and policies which misrepresent the values I know to be true of our community. I will be a voice of common sense in the Georgia General Assembly.”
Luisa Wakeman for House District 43
Georgia women like Luisa are making history in this midterm election cycle as they run for seats long held by Republicans. With women in record numbers on the ballot this year, WIN List needs your help to elect these women and train the candidates we want to see on the ballot in 2020 and beyond.