Jason Anavitarte and former Dallas mayor Boyd Austin are running in the June 9 Republican primary for the open state Senate District 31 seat, which includes most of Paulding, Polk and Haralson counties. Significantly, Anavitarte’s board membership in the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), which Austin calls “an open borders lobby” is becoming a growing issue in a district that President Donald Trump carried by a wide margin in 2016.
Jason Anavitarte served as a GALEO board of director from 2006 to 2009. Here. He wasn’t just a board member, but also a “Founding Friend” ( #9, here) – along with left-wing activist Jane Fonda (# 32). “Established in 2003, GALEO has always been involved in the anti-enforcement, anti-official English, anti-voter ID effort,” says D.A. King, president of the Dustin Inman Society which has been advocating enforcement of anti-illegal immigration laws.
“Jason Anavitarte knew this before he accepted the board position,” King adds, “but was still active and lent his name to the leftist effort as a former Democratic Party member of the Doraville City Council. He is a fake conservative.”
InsiderAdvantage reported in 2016 that GALEO policy positions were so out-of-the-mainstream that U.S. Sen. David Perdue recognized the dangers of putting a GALEO board member in a position of power. Perdue (along with then-Sen. Johnny Isakson) blocked then-President Barack Obama’s nomination of GALEO board member Dax Lopez to a federal judgeship. Lopez served from 2004 to 2015, the entire time of Anavitarte’s tenure.
When Anavitarte was actively guiding GALEO as a board member, InsiderAdvantage found that the organization advocated for 2007 amnesty. It went all out on lobbying and even organizing a rally (photos here) against Senate Bill 529, the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act which was passed into law. That law requires that public employers and their contractors use the employer e-verify system— a law that Austin says on his website he supports.
One-time Democrat Anavitarte– campaigning as a “true conservative Republican”– moved from Doraville, was elected in 2018 to the Paulding County School Board and then vacated the seat to run for the state Senate. Austin served as mayor of Dallas for 25 years and has been active in various business and civic organizations over the years.