Cherokee Tribune – District 11 hopefuls square off at forum


Cherokee Tribune – District 11 hopefuls square off at forum

Visitors to Cagle’s Dairy Farm Tuesday evening were greeted by candidates and supporters looking for vote during the meet the candidates forum sponsored by the Cherokee County Farm Bureau, the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce and Cagle’s Dairy Farm.

The candidates vying to replace U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) after the May 20 primary were given a few minutes to give their best sales pitch to the large crowd that turned out to the event.

Gingrey is leaving the seat to run for U.S. Senate. The seat covers all of Cherokee and Bartow counties, along with parts of Atlanta and Cobb.

Former Congressman Bob Barr of Smyrna was the first up and told the audience he wanted to head back to Washington to fight the “enemies.”

“What differentiates me is I have been there on your behalf; I have fought the liberals, I have defeated them, we balanced the budget, we cut taxes,” Barr said. “It can be done.”

Like Barr, state Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Buckhead) also spoke of his experience and accomplishments in office.

“I am a Georgia conservative who gets the job done,” Lindsey said, citing his years of experience in the state House. In his time in the House, Lindsey said he had fought for a school choice amendment, immigration reform and stood against the Affordable Care Act.

Former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) made his appeal for the voters to choose him to fight an erosion of American values in Washington.

“This is the most critical election in the history of our nation,” he said, adding that he was running for the sake of returning his country to the one he knew as a child, for the sake of the next generation. “You’ve got a difficult decision. You will go and stand for those principles, those values that we hold dear in America.”

Tricia Pridemore of Marietta, former executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development, said she wanted to work for the district to protect the opportunities that make America great.

“I’m a third-generation small business owner, and I’m running for Congress so we all together can preserve this American dream,” she said, adding her successes were only possible in America.

During the candidates’ time before the crowd, they were asked how they would attack reducing the trillions of dollars in unfunded mandates dogging the U.S. economy.

Barr said his tact would be the same as with the nearly $17 trillion in ballooning national debt.

“It’s all debt, and what we need to do is what we did when I served in the House on your behalf previously, and that’s is to stop a rouge president in his tracks by not passing a single one of his spending bills,” the former congressman said.

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