Georgia WIN List is proud to endorse for re-election incumbent Rep. Mary Frances Williams for House District 37 as one of our “Terrific Twelve” for 2020. Mary Frances flipped the Marietta district blue in 2018 and has been working hard ever since at the State Capitol advocating for children and families of Georgia.
Since taking office, Mary Frances has been a champion for the environment and voting rights, and an outspoken advocate for education and healthcare. She introduced a resolution to clean up coal ash ponds and spoke out on the weakening of environmental shoreline protections. As a member of the Government Affairs Committee, Mary Frances was a vocal supporter of hand-marked paper ballots and critical of the many vulnerabilities presented in Georgia’s new voting machines.
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 has been an advocate for making healthcare affordable and accessible. She spoke out in the well against the disastrous Medicaid Waiver Plans, highlighting her constituents’ need for Medicaid expansion. For the upcoming legislative session, Mary Frances will put her years of budgeting experience to work to defend against planned cuts to essential services to families and children.
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 a state representative for the area during the late 1960’s. She says her father inspired her to run for House District 37 and legendary women legislators Mary Margaret Oliver and Nan Orrock were among those who encouraged Mary Frances to run for office. Prior to her election, Mary Frances spent 34 years as a legislative and public policy advocate, working primarily for nonprofits serving women, children and families.
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