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Democrat focusing on economy in District 11 race
by Noreen Lewis Cochran
ncochran@neighbornewspapers.com
October 09, 2012 05:05 PM | 1967 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Patrick Thompson
Patrick Thompson
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Editor’s note: The Nov. 6 battle for U.S. District 11, which includes parts of Buckhead and Sandy Springs, will be a contest between the incumbent, Republican Phil Gingrey, of Marietta, write-in Republican candidate Allan Levene, of Kennesaw, and Democratic contender Patrick Thompson, of Woodstock.

Woodstock resident Patrick Thompson, 55, is bringing energy to the race for Congressional District 11, not just in the level of activity in his to-do list if elected, but also as one of the cornerstones of his platform.

“[My top three issues include] increasing economic activity with infrastructure investment,” he said. “[I propose we] end fossil fuel subsidies and move our country to renewable energy, smart grid and efficiency solutions that improve our security and budgets.”

Thompson, who is completing a master of business administration degree in sustainability through Green Mountain University’s long-distance learning program, also advocates enabling “consumers and business to control their own consumption decisions with smart meters” and other power-savvy measures.

If he wins his second race — his previous matchup against Chip Rogers in 2010 garnered Thompson 20 percent of the vote for state Senate District 21 — the small business owner also has plans for health care.

“I’m defending the Affordable Care Act so we can join the rest of the industrialized nations in growing preventative and personal physician healthcare jobs,” Thompson said. “Lift the threat for consumers of being one sickness away from financial disaster or losing their home.”

The graduate of biology and psychology programs at Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Va., said he threw his hat in the ring for several reasons.

“I don’t feel represented in Washington,” Thompson said. “I seek public service as I don’t feel like we the people have a voice and we’re not getting anything accomplished towards getting our economy back on track. I’ve personally experienced the outsourcing of American jobs in an unbalanced global market.”

His economic plan includes “improving the atmosphere for job creation and career continuity,” according to the entrepreneur who also works for AT&T Mobility.

“[I want to] end outsourcing and off-shoring of American jobs and capital [and] penalize those who do,” Thompson said. “Grow the medical profession to match a more preventative and primary care approach; restructure the goals of federal contracting for better use of taxpayer dollars; create a Fair Trade environment [and] encourage a return of American manufacturing.”

Thompson’s top three issues include education, for which he advocates “supporting and restoring education as an economic multiplier and engine for the American economy” and other measures like workforce training through credentialed apprenticeships and an Education Worker Bill of Rights.

As of Sept. 26, the candidate’s campaign fund has $1,000 net cash on hand.
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