Better Education

I’m committed to making education a top priority for Georgia so that each child can maximize his or her potential.

Improved Commute

I am determined to identify real solutions to ease the trafffic congestion in our district.

More Transparency

I’m opposed to tax increases and will focus on ethics reform to increase accountability.



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Latest News

Senate Recognizes GSP Officer Nathan Bradley

Senate Recognizes GSP Officer Nathan Bradley

JaNice was happy to join the Senate in recognizing Georgia State Highway Patrol Officer Nathan Bradley on Thursday for his efforts in raising nearly $500,000 for children who lost their parents in a deadly crash last Halloween. It is truly rewarding to see such an...

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Issues of Interest

Issues of Interest

Just because we are expecting to have a quicker legislative session this year, this does not mean we will have a shortage of issues. I expect that we will be revisiting many topics addressed last year including education reform, religious liberty, the Transportation...

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In Senate District 43


A great quality of life is something we all desire. My goal for District 43 is to properly plan so that we can build a strong community that will continue to attract businesses, which will, in turn, help sustain our tax digest. I believe in smaller government with local control as much as possible.



I’m oppposed to tax increases and believe in ethics reform to increase accountability. We need to ensure we have leaders in place who can effectively find solutions to key concerns like ethical challenges, unchecked growth, rising crime rates, and a lack of community cohesiveness. 


It’s essential we preserve the rich resources and heritage of District 43 while embracing changes that build upon our foundation and lead us to an even better District. We must continue to foster a sense of community where we have compassion for one another and work together for the common good.

Senator Van Ness on the Issues

I am committed to making education a top priority for Georgia so that every child can maximize his or her potential.
I believe more must be done to stop illegal immigration in Georgia, and I am opposed to the creation of sanctuary cities.
I am determined to identify solutions to ease traffic congestion, which will improve the quality of life for residents.
I am opposed to tax increases and wasteful spending and will fight in the Senate against others who propose them.


JaNice Van Ness is a civic leader who loves to serve her community and looks forward to advocating for residents and business owners in Senate District 43. The district includes parts of Dekalb, Rockdale, and Newton Counties. She has been a business owner for over 25 years and is very involved with the Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club. Her experience in the private sector has been as the Founder of Peachtree Academy Private School and Early Childhood Centers, which now has three campuses in Rockdale and Newton Counties. Her thriving business and passion for education have helped her expand the school and achieve SACS accredition for the Private School that offers Pre-Kindergarten through High School. As a visionary business owner, she serves as the Chief Financial Officer and has managed budgets, planning and human resources, understanding the business friendly environment that is needed to create jobs and help businesses grow and flourish.

Make sure your voice is heard!
Elections for the office of Georgia State Senate will take place in 2016. The primary election will be held on May 24, 2016, and the general election will be held on November 8, 2016. The deadline to register to vote in the primary is April 26, 2016.

The Presidential Primary is a separate election that takes place March 1. Georgians must register to vote by February 1, 2016, to be eligible to vote in the contest. The general election for President is Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

More information on election dates can be found here.

Tell your family, friends, and co-workers to vote! I need your help spreading the word in local churches, taking absentee ballots to our community members in nursing homes, and canvassing neighborhoods.

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