Meet Amanda Swafford
Adding Value Through Education
Amanda is a graduate of Lakeview Academy in Gainesville, Georgia and received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Agnes Scott College, one of the country’s top women’s colleges. Amanda obtained her paralegal certificate at the University of North Georgia. A lifelong learner, Amanda is currently focusing her educational efforts in the emerging field of electronic discovery in litigation.
Adding Value to the Community
Shortly after college, Amanda moved to Sacramento, California and not only won her first election to county wide office in 2000 while attending law school but also became active in her new community by helping to develop critical Land Use sections of the Arden-Arcade Community Action Plan which the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors later adopted in June 2006.
After returning home to Georgia, she continued investing in her career and adding value to her community by helping to open the first H&R Block office in her hometown of Flowery Branch.
Shortly after buying her first home in 2007, the local housing market started to falter and the original builder in her neighborhood began to lose resources to maintain the community. The grass was growing tall, street lights were being cut off and there was no formal organization of the residents to do anything about it. So Amanda began to work with a core group of interested residents to assume control of the homeowners' association and was instrumental in helping to establish the first elected Board of Directors to organize the neighborhood to cut the grass and turn the lights back on.
Adding Value in Local Government
In 2010, Amanda was elected to the Flowery Branch City Council where she helped bring consistency to a nonsensical water rate structure, offered choices in curbside waste disposal, brought Sunday Sales to Flowery Branch within 2 weeks of official ballot certification and voted against government rent subsidies for private businesses just to name a few of her many accomplishments while serving on the Council.
After leaving the City Council, Amanda was dissatisfied with the depth of reporting on local government in her community and so she started writing for The South Hall Gazette in order to provide citizens with a much more detailed look into the inner workings of the local governmental process.
Still Working to Add Value
Amanda was only the second woman to ever be nominated for US Senate in Georgia when she secured the nomination of the Libertarian Party of Georgia on March 8, 2014. Throughout the race to replace retiring Senator Saxby Chambliss, Amanda earned unprecedented levels of media coverage for her willingness to address the substantive issues facing the country and the state of Georgia. She was featured in many national broadcasts and print interviews including the Fox Business Network, Time Magazine, Breitbart, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Boston Globe as well as countless others and she made numerous appearances on regional television affiliates for Fox, CBS and ABC. Despite the many obstacles facing a third party candidate, Amanda brought in a final vote total of 49,067 or 1.91% of the 2,566,518 votes cast on November 4, 2014. Amanda will continue to study the results of Election 2014 and look for the most effective ways to reduce government and increase our freedoms. Amanda believes we must get serious about electing candidates who understand that the power and responsibility lies in true liberty, not in government.