Augusta businessman Rick Allen to seek 12th District Congressional seat

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 4:27 PM
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Augusta businessman Rick Allen formally announced Wednesday his intention to run for Georgia’s redrawn 12th District U.S. Congressional seat.

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Augusta businessman Rick Allen formally announced Wednesday his intention to run for Georgia’s redrawn 12th District U.S. Congressional seat.

Allen, who is founder, president and CEO of RW Allen & Associates Construction Co., made the announcement through an e-mailed press release declaring that he had filed the necessary paperwork to run for the seat, which includes all of Richmond and most of Columbia counties and runs south to Effingham County.

In a telephone interview, Allen said he’s running as a Republican for the seat. He’ll face Lee Anderson, a Columbia County resident and state representative who previously declared his intention to run.

The winner likely will face incumbent Democrat John Barrow, whose home was drawn out of the seat during redistricting but who has said he intends to move into the new district.

“Obviously, everybody needs to be going after Barrow,” Allen said. “He’s the target.”

Allen, who had been discussing a run for the office for several weeks, acknowledged a delay in his announcement since he made his decision to run Aug. 24.

“You have to file tons of paperwork to do this,” he said. “When you’re a businessman, you’ve got to make sure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s crossed.”

A Columbia County native who now lives in Augusta, Allen, 60, is an Auburn University graduate with a degree in building construction. He has operated RW Allen & Associates, a commercial construction company, since 1976 and is a current and former member of numerous boards and organizations in the Augusta area.

“We’ve got to change the direction of this country,” Allen said. “We’ve got to get the government off the backs of the small business people.”

Allen said his first campaign event will be a fundraiser at a private Augusta home on Dec. 8.

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BevBoudreaux
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BevBoudreaux 10/05/11 - 04:56 pm
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Being in Congress and could

Being in Congress and could be very good for business

floridasun
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floridasun 10/05/11 - 08:06 pm
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Being a member of Congress

Being a member of Congress should definitely help his company get more government funded construction jobs. It's the American way!

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/05/11 - 08:21 pm
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Yes, we certainly do not need

Yes, we certainly do not need successful business men in office. What, are we out of lawyers?

BevBoudreaux
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BevBoudreaux 10/05/11 - 08:26 pm
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I'm all for successful

I'm all for successful businessmen in politics, but his successful business has all been built on getting sweetheart contracts with taxpayer money to build boondoggle government projects.. like the TEE Center. And you may want to pay attention to the lawsuit over the city's procedures for awarding construction contracts. Allen's company will be front and center in that. It's interesting how Allen always gets these jobs even when he isn't the lowest bidder. Connections? Good-ole-boy network? Do we really need more of that kind of business in Congress?

BevBoudreaux
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BevBoudreaux 10/05/11 - 08:27 pm
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Oh, and I also believe

Oh, and I also believe someone commented about the construction of the new library, and angles and lines being way off.. Well guess whose company got the contract to build that?

BevBoudreaux
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BevBoudreaux 10/05/11 - 08:34 pm
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Did his company build the

Did his company build the Joint Law Enforcement Center on Walton Way? I know Dickinson Architects designed it, but who was the general construction contractor for the project?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/05/11 - 08:37 pm
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Well then I guess he really

Well then I guess he really doesn't need to be in office. He already has all the business wrapped up.

BevBoudreaux
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BevBoudreaux 10/05/11 - 09:35 pm
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Well Allen may have some

Well Allen may have some trouble explaining to Republican primary voters why he donated to the campaigns of democratic boss Charles Walker. But then when you own a company that thrives on getting government construction contracts steered by powerful politicians like Walker; I suppose it does make sense.

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G'ment Watcher 10/06/11 - 06:59 am
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Bev - Pott's was the general

Bev - Pott's was the general contractor on the new court house. They are also the general on the new Sheriff's Admin Bldg.

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 10/06/11 - 07:24 am
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what did brandon say? did it
Unpublished

what did brandon say? did it get moderated out? i guess the chronicle is backing allen.

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david jennings 10/06/11 - 07:56 am
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Harley posted about the lines

Harley posted about the lines and columns being off in the new court house and I think Kulke was contractor of the JLC.Ill pick Allen over Barrow anyday.

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JRC2024 10/06/11 - 08:10 am
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Rick Allen is a fine man and

Rick Allen is a fine man and an honest caring person. I have done work for for his company numerous times and all has been above board. I will vote for him.

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Willow Bailey 10/06/11 - 09:55 pm
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It would be helpful to hear

It would be helpful to hear about what credentials, experience, values, and goals Mr. Allen has for this country, before casting a vote in either direction.

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babs4243 10/07/11 - 12:06 pm
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Lee Anderson is the man for

Lee Anderson is the man for the job. He has had political experience most of his life. What political experience does Allen have? Mr. Anderson's main goal is to balance the budget. He has helped Columbia County in many ways since he was County Commissioner and as State House Representative.

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johncapes 10/27/11 - 08:25 pm
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I have known Rick Allen for

I have known Rick Allen for many years! He is a great family man, and he is a credit to our community! Rick will make a great congressman, I look forward to assisting Rick in any way I can. John H. Capes

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Riverman1 10/27/11 - 08:29 pm
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I told y'all Lee Anderson

I told y'all Lee Anderson would get down off his tractor and be our next Congressman while his supporters like Clay Whittle act like Eddie Haskell (credit to Barry).

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