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Georgia’s WIN List is proud to endorse Mary Frances Williams as one of our “2018 Spring Super Six.” Mary Frances has worked for the past three decades as an advocate for Georgia’s children and families at the State Capitol, representing several non-profit organizations.
A lifelong resident of Marietta, Mary Frances has deep roots in the community and is a product of Georgia’s public education system, having attended Marietta City Schools and graduated from Marietta High School. She has two sons, Nick and Ben, and two grandchildren, Cooper and Madison.
Advocacy and politics is a family tradition for Mary Frances as her late father, Howard Atherton, served as both the mayor of Marietta and as state representative for the area in the during the late 1960’s. She says her father inspired her to run for House District 37 and she counts the current Marietta mayor, Thunder Tomlin, as well as local political luminaries like former Governor Roy Barnes and former Congressman Buddy Darden as early supporters. Legendary women legislators Mary Margaret Oliver and Nan Orrock were among those who encouraged Mary Frances to run for office.
She expresses her “high hopes” for the district with a platform focused on education, healthcare, and transportation. Mary Frances says while Cobb County and Marietta Schools are among the state’s best, they are still asked to do more with less and she believes the state’s budget should fund education as a higher priority. She is an advocate for making healthcare affordable and accessible. She says traffic jams affect economic competitiveness and promises to work towards policies which will result in shorter and less expensive commutes.
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Mary Frances Williams for House District 37
Georgia women like Mary Frances 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.