My commitment to represent the will of the people is resulted by my bi-partisanship and willingness to always put people first. It’s time for a leader you can count on.
My name is Andrew Niquette, and it is an honor to be running for the Georgia House of Representatives for District 164. Born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, my family and I moved to Albany, Georgia while I was in 3rd grade, and from there my parents taught me the values of hard work and perseverance. From an early age, I understood the greater image of helping others and changing lives for the better. In 2010, disaster struck Haiti like none other the country had seen, and I can remember staring at the TV in shock and awe of the devastation the earthquake brought upon it. As the news was just breaking, I sat in a puddle of tears as the death toll rose minute by minute. I was 12 years old, and it was the first time I witnessed such devastation before my very eyes live on TV. I spent the next few hours trying to determine how a 7th grader could possibly do anything to make things better for the Haitian people. Hours of research followed, and by the end of the day, I decided to spear-head a massive food drive for Haiti. I didn’t have everything quite figured out about the logistics of such a feat, but I was determined to do it anyways.
The following day, I began reaching out to businesses all across Albany, and to much surprised, a vast majority of them agreed to allow me to places donation boxes inside of their businesses. Within 2 weeks, we raised a total of 2 metric tons of non-perishable food items for the Haitian people. This was the first time I witnessed a community of people coming together for a greater cause first-hand, and to this day, it resonates deep within my soul to picture the image of a family torn apart by a natural disaster being able to share the love and comfort of a meal to help them get though their most troubling times. Near the end of the food drive, several news agencies reached out to me to cover the story to help boost food donations, and as a result, I received a call from the American Red Cross offering to collect the food and get it to Haiti immediately. With the help of the Red Cross and the U.S. Air Force, the food was able to be delivered to Haiti within 2 days. While my heart still ached for the people of Haiti, I knew that I had done my part of the greater cause of helping others in need. It solidified a foundation of compassion and understanding for those that feel lost and unheard.
Throughout my high school career, I built on what I had learned from the Haitian Earthquake, and quickly developed an interest in expanding my knowledge of the world that we live in. I started a job at Sonny’s BBQ, shadowing my step-father who was the General Manager, and he was keen to show me the real world experience of working in the restaurant industry. I developed a passion for culinary arts, and kept it as a hobby throughout high school, taking culinary arts class and participating in national culinary competitions. I became fascinated by the way food brings people together, and how cuisine is very different in all parts of the world, even right here in America. It was then I realized that I wanted to become an exchange student, to expand on both culinary and cultural horizons. In my junior year of high school, I was awarded a full-scholarship to study abroad in Germany under the U.S. Department of State, and no words could describe the appreciation I’ve come to hold about what makes each and every one of us both unique and similar at the same time.
After high school, I accepted the 4-year Army ROTC scholarship to the University of Oregon, and began my studies. While at Oregon, I had the opportunity to study abroad in England and Spain, before deferring school to accept a position as a chef for Walt Disney World. In 2016, I began to learn more about government and the political process, and successfully ran to be a National Delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention as one of the nation’s youngest Delegates. During the convention, I sought to bring a voice to the people, and following the 2016 Primaries, I became a Field Organizer for the Florida Democratic Party, quickly being promoted to Deputy Regional Organizing Director for Broward County, Florida.
At the conclusion of the 2016 Presidential Elections, it was in my heart to continue the work of bringing people together, bridging divides, and restoring the unity that this country was founded on. In 2017, I had the incredible opportunity to serve as the Campaign Manager for Lisa Ring, running in Georgia’s 1st Congressional District, and having successfully won the 2018 Primary Election with nearly 70% of the vote. After the 2018 Primaries, I joined on board as Campaign Manager for Adam Bridges, running for Georgia State House District 161.
In February 2018, I married the love of my life Rory, and we began our amazing adventures together as husband and husband. In April 2018, Rory and I joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary to serve our country, spending the vast majority of our free time volunteering. We reside in Richmond Hill, Georgia.
As humbled as I am to have gained all of the experience that shaped me into the person I am today, I recognize the dire lack of leadership from our elected officials all across the board. The spirit of unity is now a rarity, and it is my mission to bridge the divides, and begin the healing process this country and the great state of Georgia deserves. I am running for State House because I understand what it truly takes to step up to the plate to make a positive impact in all of our lives, not just a select few. If elected as your State Representative, your voices will be heard loud and clear under the Gold Dome. For far too long, we the people have been mistreated, ignored, and stepped on by those we put our faith into at the ballot box. It’s time for unity, and together, we will be the change we all deserve.