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Gingrey, Thompson vie for Congress; Levene fights as a write-in candidate

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Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 8:53 am

Three men want to represent Cherokee County on Capitol Hill. Incumbent Phil Gingrey defeated his Republican Primary opponents, William Llop and Michael Opitz. Democrat Patrick Thompson was unopposed in the Democratic Primary. Allan Levene waited until after the primary to qualify as a write-in candidate.

 

Name: Phil Gingrey

Age: 70

Party affiliation: Republican

Occupation: OB/GYN

Community affiliations/civic organizations: Cobb County Medical Society member; Good Samaritan health clinic volunteer; actively involved with March of Dimes; member of St. Joseph Catholic Church

 

Why should you be elected?

As a physician for more than 30 years, I learned to listen to patients before diagnosing them, and that’s the same approach I’ve taken to governing. 

I’ve been at the forefront of the fight to repeal Obamacare. I have also voted in favor of nearly 40 House GOP jobs bills that lower taxes on small business owners, reduce regulations and increase entrepreneurs’ access to capital.

We find ourselves on the edge of a fiscal cliff. I stand ready to stop the tax hikes that President Obama supports, which would cost our already-struggling economy another 700,000 jobs.

Reducing and capping federal spending at no more than 18 percent of the Gross Domestic Product and enacting a balanced budget amendment are also priorities of mine. I am a co-sponsor of The Fair Tax Act and will continue working to lower taxes, reduce government interference and create an environment where business expansion and job growth thrive.

 

Name: Allan Levene 

Age: 63

Party affiliation: Republican

Occupation: Information technology business owner, 25 years; accomplished photographer

Community affiliations: Not given.

 

Why should you be elected?

Our country has some serious financial and unemployment problems. The root causes of our nation’s problems are Washington politicians; they are so busy squabbling and working for special interests that little gets done for the public good. We also risk losing our currency reserve status soon, as we won’t be able to pay our foreign debt.

I would work to remove members of Congress who are career politicians. How? If they run for federal office after six years in office, they’ll lose their pensions. This will be far easier to pass than a term limits amendment.

I will work to force the banks to lower interest rates to the market on current mortgages without any paperwork, not help the public that doesn’t pay their mortgages. No paperwork, no fees. It will save the average homeowner $300 to $500 a month. They will spend the aggregate half trillion dollars, boosting the economy and providing jobs.

 

Name: Patrick Thompson 

Age: 55

Party affiliation: Democrat

Occupation: Business manager in high-technology, small business entrepreneur in renewable energy

Community affiliations/civic organizations: Boy Scouts of America Scoutmaster, youth sports coach, University Parent Board, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Must Ministries, St. Vincent de Paul, Cellphones for Soldiers, Project Foot, Red Cross, Better Georgia, GALEO, GA Water Coalition, U.S. Green Building Council, Southeastern Sustainability Leadership, Council for Supply Chain Management Technology Association of GA, GA Solar, Sierra Club, Riverkeepers, Alliance for Clean Energy, Blue Green Alliance, Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington

Why should you be elected?

I pledge allegiance only to the flag and to supporting the people of this area. I lead with integrity and clarity, accepting no lobby money or gifts. I’m not beholden to the obstructionism of money or partisanship. My civil approach and business practice for listening, solving problems and transparent communication will bring a voice back to “we the people.” Bringing demand back to our economy will require a cooperative environment.  I am a public servant who will work to stabilize and strengthen the middle class and working people of this area by shifting spending items weakening our communities (war, outsourcing, corporate welfare) back to our schools, public safety and social services. I’m the only candidate supporting the Affordable Healthcare Act as a way to grow an army of preventative health care professionals and to lift the threat for consumers of being one sickness away from financial disaster or losing their home.

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