David Belle Isle is a sixth generation Georgian, running for Secretary of State to Defeat Voter Fraud and Champion Georgia Jobs.
As a conservative leader, David will work to create an environment of trust, opportunity and respect. He gets the significance and seriousness of voter security. He is committed to bridging the gap for our business owners and those who seek to be licensed professionals. He recognizes the importance of growing and embracing Georgia’s unique economic strengths.
As Mayor of Alpharetta, David has proven his ability to create an irresistible city; one of unmatched opportunity with the highest salaries in Georgia; one that has become a hometown, even for those who grew up somewhere else; one that has become the best at what it does best. He will take this same vision to the office of Georgia’s Secretary of State.
Defeating Voter Fraud
Without question, the first priority of the Secretary of State is voter security, and the front door of voter fraud, the unverified absentee ballot, must be closed. David will work to bring a photo ID requirement for all absentee ballots. He will also fight to enforce the Proof of Citizenship Act, which passed in 2010 but has yet to be implemented, to ensure that only U.S. citizens can vote in Georgia’s elections.
David will work to champion a voter system that uses the latest cyber security technologies, producing both a paper and electronic record of our votes. He will engage in a collaborative dialogue with our county election boards to assure the best training and practices across the state.
In his role as Mayor, David started Georgia’s first technology commission. He envisioned, championed, and launched a technology incubator in Alpharetta, which helped to connect, grow, and develop high-tech ideas, innovations, and businesses. With over 640 technology companies in Alpharetta, the city has become known as the Technology City of the South. David has strong connections in this industry and a solid understanding of what it takes to guard against security threats. As Secretary of State, he will champion the necessary changes to keep our information and our votes secure.
Championing Georgia Jobs
David is the only candidate for Secretary of State who has run both a business and a government. He will call on this executive experience to grow opportunities and champion jobs across the state of Georgia. It begins with becoming the best at what Georgia does best, and getting government and regulation out of the way.
To do this, David will focus on growing Georgia’s opportunities for every Georgian, everywhere through our agriculture, technology, and logistic industries.
Hope springs from opportunity. David knows that the gates of Georgia’s opportunity must be open wide. He wants to make Georgia the easiest place to start and grow a business; to start and grow a licensed career. David will champion the elimination of needless regulation and streamline our resources to make information, training and education more readily available to business owners and those seeking and practicing licensed careers. David’s vision is for Georgia to be the best at what we do best: the moving of stuff and people, the marketing of crops and livestock, and the expansion of technology.
As a business owner, David has felt the impact of over-complicated and unnecessary regulation; regulation that stalls the growth of our local economy. Under his leadership in Alpharetta, he helped create an environment, which led to the addition of over 640 technology companies and 12,000 jobs in six years within the technology industry alone. He has created opportunities for collaboration with local business owners and pushed forward the city’s first Economic Development team. David also organized a public private partnership to bring a hotel and conference center to Alpharetta. He put together Georgia’s first AgTech Conference, which will be held next year. David helped put Alpharetta on the map and distinguish its presence from that of neighboring Atlanta. The city has been recognized by Forbes, Goodcall, Nerd Wallet, and others and has been named one of the top 12 cities in the U.S. for technology, the best small city in the U.S. to start a business, the best city for women entrepreneurs, and the 6th fastest growing city in the U.S.
David is also committed to safety, security and a high standard of ethics in his business and as Mayor. Under his leadership, Alpharetta obtained an ISO-1 Rating for Public Safety. This is the highest rating for emergency response times and is held by less than 2% of cities nationwide. He launched a special investigations vice unit for Public Safety to fight against human trafficking and drugs in Alpharetta. David knows how to connect people, businesses, and resources, and he will work to leverage the strengths of Georgia’s industries to expand our opportunities as a people and as a state.
An Irresistible Home State
Georgia cannot be what it can and should be if it is not deeply loved. David knows we need to build on the affection we already have for our State. We need to celebrate what we do best, our native brands, our newfound leadership in the film industry, our cities, our communities, and our unique greatness as a people and as a state. David wants to connect people and communities one to another and to those qualities that make Georgia irresistible. David will tell the story of Georgia, our traditions and history, to our citizens and visitors.
David has a deep connection to our state with a sense of loyalty and patriotic pride for his home. With 55% of Georgia’s population being from some other state, David seeks to approach the role of Secretary of State with a Mayor’s heart. Taking honor and pride in the responsibility of ‘Keeper of the Seal’, he intends to help citizens further develop their affinity and affection for one state, one people, and ‘Forever Georgia.’