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Write-in Republican seeks post
by Noreen Lewis Cochran
October 09, 2012 04:58 PM | 2175 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Allan Levene
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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.

British-born Kennesaw resident Allan Levene, a naturalized citizen, said he knows he has an uphill battle on his hands in the race for Congress’ District 11 seat Nov. 6, when voters do not see his name on their ballots.

“As Georgia law will not let a primary candidate run in the general election as a write-in, we opted out and I’m running as the only official write-in candidate for the 11th,” he said. “It’s a steep challenge, but I can win, if I become known and people spell my name correctly, or those votes will be voided.”

Married with no children, political newcomer Levene said now is the time for him to run for office.

“Being 63, I don’t have the luxury of time as I’ll probably be dead in 10 years, so am running for Congress to represent the 11th District now,” he said. “If I would have entered politics 20 years ago, I would have gone the traditional route — state representative or senator, mayor and then to Congress. It’s too late for that.”

It’s not too late, however, to rescue his adopted country, for which Levene abandoned his business studies at the University of Westminster in London.

“I’m not about to let this country slide without a fight,” he said. “I’ve seen the United Kingdom decline; I don’t want it to happen here.”

The president of Network Consultants, a provider of data center equipment and virtual Windows desktops, Levene said his plans to “reenergize the economy” will help reduce unemployment by putting $500 in the pockets of average homeowners.

“Companies won’t hire as we aren’t confident in our future. I will work to force the banks to lower the mortgage interest rates for homeowners that have current mortgages without any paperwork,” Levene said. “When people spend, business booms.”

Corporate tax reform will reverse the trend of losing jobs overseas.

“We should reduce the corporate tax rate to zero,” Levene said. “Foreign corporations will flock here as the U.S. will become a tax haven. The domestic corporations will start hiring again.”

Levene said his third priority is establishing term limits for members of Congress.

“That will clear them out and allow the next generation to assume the mantle of power, and not be as beholding to special interests as politicians are today,” he said.

Levene said his campaign fund net cash on hand is about $4,000.

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