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Six battling for District 11 U.S. House post
by Everett Catts
May 06, 2014 07:19 PM | 2212 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bob Barr
Bob Barr
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Allan Levene
Allan Levene
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Ed Lindsey
Ed Lindsey
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Barry Loudermilk
Barry Loudermilk
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Larry Mrozinski
Larry Mrozinski
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Tricia Pridemore
Tricia Pridemore
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Republican candidates Bob Barr, Allan Levene, Ed Lindsey, Barry Loudermilk, Larry Mrozinski and Tricia Pridemore each are trying to connect with voters as they battle for the District 11 U.S. House seat in the May 20 primary election. Incumbent Phil Gingrey is running for U.S. Senate.

District 11 includes parts of Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Cobb County, including all of Vinings, and all of Bartow and Cherokee counties. The winner of the primary will be unopposed in the November general election.

Barr, a Smyrna resident and a lawyer, is the only candidate who previously served in the U.S. House. He was the District 7 U.S. representative for four terms, from 1995 to 2003.

“I am the best choice because taxpayers are fed up with the mess in Washington, and they want a member of Congress with the track record and backbone to actually move the conservative agenda forward — to shrink the size, scope, cost and power of the government. I alone have that experience,” he said.

Levene, a Kennesaw resident, is an information technology consultant with AtlantaVDI, specializing in server and desktop virtualization, storage area networks and computer security. He lost to Gingrey in the 2012 District 11 race as a write-in candidate.

If elected this time, Levene said, “I will provide real solutions, millions of well-paid jobs for Americans by eliminating federal corporate taxes. That will make the USA the world’s largest tax haven attracting trillions of dollars put to work creating local jobs. I’ll also void congressional pensions if they don’t quit and give all leftover campaign funds to charity, making elections fair again.”

Lindsey, a Buckhead resident, is an attorney and has spent five terms as the District 54 representative in the Georgia House of Representatives, from 2004 to the present. He served as Sonny Perdue’s Fulton County campaign chair during his gubernatorial run in 2002, and two years earlier Lindsey lost to Rusty Paul in the District 40 State Senate primary election. He also served on the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission in 2003-04.

“I am a Georgia conservative who delivers,” Lindsey said. “Legislating isn’t about signing your name to a bill and voting ‘yea.’ Legislating is about listening to constituents, drafting legislation, building coalitions and passing bills that create true reform. I’ve been a champion of this process in Georgia and will be in Washington.”

Loudermilk, a Cassville resident, is president and CEO of Innovative Network Systems Inc., an information technology services company. He has spent the last 15 years heavily involved in politics, and resigned as the District 14 state senator in September to run for Congress. Prior to being elected to the Senate in 2010, Loudermilk served as the District 14 state representative from 2005 through December 2010. He was also the Bartow County Republican Party chairman from 2001 to 2004.

“I am a consistent conservative Republican with a proven record of standing firm on the constitutional principles of limited government, lower taxes and individual responsibility,” Loudermilk said. “In the Georgia Legislature, I have stood firm on principles while respecting the ideas and beliefs of others. I have worked hard to form working and respectful relationships with all my colleagues.”

Mrozinski, a Woodstock resident, is a retired U.S. Army colonel who served 27½ years in the military.

“Service in the U.S. Army honed and tested my leadership and instilled discipline and meaning of sacrifice, which are much-needed characteristics in D.C.,” he said. “I have a deep understanding of and experience in problem-solving from my three years of service in the U.S. Department of State, both developing and implementing foreign policy, particularly the Middle East. Those elected to Congress should not make it a career; therefore, I have pledged to self-limit my time in office and will refuse congressional retirement pay.”

Pridemore, a Marietta resident, has been heavily involved in politics in recent years, resigning from her job as former executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development to run for office. She previously served as the Georgia 9/12 Project state director and on the Nathan Deal for Governor Finance Committee. Pridemore is a member of the Cobb County Republican Party and lost to Sue Everhart in 2011 for the Georgia Republican Party chair post.

“I am the candidate in this race with the experience and background that will allow me to take a common-sense, business approach to Washington,” she said.

MEET THE CANDIDATES

o Name, age: Bob Barr, 65

o Occupation: attorney

o Education: bachelor’s degree in international relations, University of Southern California, 1970; master’s degree in international affairs, George Washington University, 1972; juris doctor degree, Georgetown University Law Center, 1977

o Family: wife Jeri; four adult children and eight grandchildren

o Top three issues: cut the debt and balance the budget, reduce federal regulations strangling businesses and cut taxes

o Campaign website: www.barrcongress.com

Name, age: Allan Levene, 64

Occupation: IT consultant

Education: studied photography and business in college in London but did not finish degree; certified financial planner, municipal finance, 1977; Microsoft certified systems engineer, 1997

Family: wife Joyce

Top three issues: millions of new jobs, effective term limits without needing an amendment and eliminating political corruption

Campaign website: www.allanleveneforcongress.com

o Name, age: Ed Lindsey, 55

o Occupation: attorney and founding partner/co-owner of Goodman McGuffey Lindsey & Johnson LLP; District 54 state House representative

o Education: bachelor’s degree in history, Davidson College, 1981; juris doctor degree, University of Georgia, 1984

o Family: wife Elizabeth; three sons: Harman, 22, Charlie, 21, and Zack, 21

o Top three issues: Introduce, fight for and pass a balanced budget amendment; reduce government over-regulation and grow the economy by creating jobs and repeal Obamacare and replace it with a market-driven solution

o Campaign website: www.edlindsey.us

o Name, age: Barry Loudermilk, 50

o Occupation: business owner; former state legislator

o Education: associate’s degree in telecommunications technologies, U.S. Air Force Community College, 1987; bachelor’s degree in occupational education/business, Wayland Baptist University, 1992

o Family: wife Desiree, three adult children: Travis, Christiana and Michael

o Top three issues: repealing and replacing Obamacare, passing a Constitutional amendment for a balanced budget and reforming the tax code

o Campaign website: www.standwithbarry.com

Name, age: Larry Mrozinski, 58

o Occupation: retired U.S. Army colonel

o Education: bachelor’s degrees in political science and health science, State University of New York, Brockport, 1981; degree in military science and a federal commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry from the University of California at Los Angeles, 1982; master’s degree in international relations from Troy University, 1999

o Family: wife Danelle; four adult children: Mary, Michael, Robert and Catherine; one granddaughter: Riley

o Top three issues: term limits, repeal and defund the Affordable Care Act and institute an economy-boosting national energy policy.

o Campaign website: www.colonellarry.com

o Name, age: Tricia Pridemore, 42

o Occupation: resigned as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development to run for office

o Education: bachelor’s degree in political science and marketing, Kennesaw State University

o Family: husband Mike

o Top three issues: Jobs and the economy, tax reform, repeal Obamacare

o Campaign website: www.pridemoreforcongress.com
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