This is part of a series of interviews with the Democratic Senate candidates on the ballot June 9, hoping to challenge Republican David Perdue in November.
Marckeith DeJesus works in healthcare administration in Atlanta and is a political newcomer. He used to be a small business owner of a debt collection company and ran unsuccessfully in 2016 and 2017 for the Georgia state House and state Senate respectively.
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“I am the best candidate because I understand what it means to come from nothing and to work hard to get something. I understand the common man’s needs and their desires because I grew up in the projects. I know what it’s like not to have running water. I know what it’s like to eat the same thing every other day,” he said.
“I know what it’s like to grow up in a community that the school and school district doesn’t have the same textbooks, doesn’t have the same curriculum that schools in a richer neighborhood has. None of my colleagues can say the same.”
DeJesus grew up in Augusta and lives in Buckhead.