I met my husband, Joseph Walrath, in medical school — he’s an oculoplastic surgeon. After residency, we were working and raising our young family in New York City. Like many transplants, my family and I moved to Atlanta in 2008 for career opportunities. And like many families with young children, we chose Johns Creek to put down roots because of the diverse community, excellent public schools, and safe, friendly neighborhoods.
Joe and I are the proud parents of three energetic children, Cal (16), Mack (12) and Nina (9), who all attend Fulton County public schools – carpooling for a high schooler, a middle schooler and an elementary schooler can be quite the challenge. All three children are students of the William Pu Music Academy in Alpharetta. Cal is also a cellist with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Mack is really into computers now and Nina enjoys shadowing her parents with her first-aid kit. We live in the St Ives neighborhood with our two dogs, Spot and Bailey.
The Georgia General Assembly completed its once-in-a-decade process of redistricting in 2021, and Senate District 48 was the sole Senate district targeted purposefully by the Republican majority party.
I came to the Gold Dome to add value for hard-working Georgians and to be put to work to make our state healthier. I will never apologize for being good at my job. For me, it’s not about the title or which desk you’re at. It’s about doing the work.
Taking care of people is my life’s work. The well-being and health of our community will always be my focus. There are no issues too small or too large for me to care deeply about. As I have proven throughout my Senate record, my medical career and as mother, I will listen to and advocate tenaciously for the best interests of all those I represent.
So while the Republicans can draw me out, they can’t count me out, because I refuse to stop fighting for the residents of Johns Creek.
I ask for your vote and support of my candidacy for State House because together we can make Georgia a healthier, safer, and more inclusive state where everyone’s voices can be heard.