I'm Running Because..

  1. We should not be afraid to address challenges with a solutions-orientated approach.

  2. In order to demonstrate my faith, I am driven to serve.

  3. We are better together. Embracing our differences empowers us, therefore I build bridges.

  4. Family is important to me, and I am motivated to provide the best for my family.

  5. Parents should not feel forced to move or break the bank to provide their children with a quality education.

  6. Our area deserves its fair share of resources, which is why I have and will continue to advocate for passings of SPLOST to ensure the proper allocations of funds to our neighborhood schools.

  7. Our teachers are undervalued and underappreciated.

  8. All children can learn and thrive- so I will work to foster that learning environment.

  9. Education is a non-partisan issue, and this is one issue that we can take a common sense approach.

  10. Our area can set a standard for how to work collaboratively to embrace our differences to find solutions

A Brief Biography

Dr. Jaha Howard is the owner and practitioner of A+ Pediatric Dentistry of Atlanta, which is located in the heart of historic Vinings. He’s been featured on CNN, FOX news, and several print publications. He lives in Smyrna with his wife of ten years, Vanessa, and their three children. They worship in Atlanta at West End Church of Christ, where Dr. Howard serves as a church deacon and Sunday school teacher.

A proud graduate of Atlanta Public Schools, Dr. Howard continued his education at Howard University and the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received top academic honors.

As the founder of Wave of Excellence, a network of over 4,500 Smyrna parents dedicated to strengthening neighborhood schools in Smyrna, Dr. Howard is passionate about education, service and community-building. He strives to help individuals and communities find their voice and work together to achieve common goals.

He is currently an active member of Vinings Rotary, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., LEAD Atlanta and other professional groups. Most importantly, you can find him working with you at various community initiatives to build a stronger Georgia…Our Georgia.

Dr. Howard is committed to this vision as he continues this race from last year’s campaign where he came just short of winning against a heavily funded incumbent.