Two years later, incumbent Rep. Rick Allen will again battle Eugene Yu to represent the Republican Party for the 12th Congressional District. The primary is set for May 24.
In 2014, Allen posted a convincing victory over Yu with more than triple the votes. Allen finished with 25,093 (54 percent), while Yu tallied 7,677 ( 17 percent). State Rep. Delvis Dutton of Glennville had nearly 15 percent of the vote, while former congressional aide John Stone had 12 percent and Diane Vann, a nurse from Macon, claimed 2 percent.
“I want our children and grandchildren to be blessed with the same opportunity that was blessed to me,” Allen said. “One way to help ensure that is through job creation, and I know a little something about that.”
Prior to being elected to Congress, Allen spent his career building his own construction company. At 25, he founded R.W. Allen & Associates.
“Many of my Washington constituents are very envious of what we’ve accomplished in terms of bringing jobs to District 12,” Allen said. “We’ve done an outstanding job so far and we’ll continue to do so. … What I’ve done my entire career has brought me to this position and it’s my great honor to represent the people of District 12.”
Yu, a veteran and legal immigrant, said honesty and constituency service are at the heart of his campaign.
“The No. 1 reason is that I’m honest,” Yu said. “I won’t forget about the people of District 12 like Congressman Allen has done.”
Yu is facing a Federal Election Commission investigation questioning the source of $700,000 in loans he made to his 2014 Congressional campaign. The complaint was filed by Stone two years ago and Yu confirmed last week the FEC probe remains open but denied any wrongdoing, saying the funds “came from me.”
He said the results of this year’s election will be different than 2014.
“The people of District 12 are tired of what’s happening in Washington and they want things to change,” Yu said. “They want me to make a difference.”
In the Democratic primary for the seat, Joyce Nolin will face Patricia Carpenter McCracken. Nolin, who grew up in Norcoss, Ga., has been an educator, small business owner and a professional caregiver. She’s a mother of six, step-mother of four, grandmother of 22 and great-grandmother of 14.
“I felt an obligation to run so I can change the dialogue of our nation,” Nolin said. “I have a number of concerns, including the talk to allow guns on public campuses. As a former teacher, I would not want to give a student a bad grade knowing he or she has a gun in their pocket. I want to help eliminate fear in our society.”
McCracken, of Augusta, previously ran for lieutenant governor and is married to attorney William McCracken. McCracken says she has been employed as a journalist by the U.S. Commerce Department and also worked for CSRA Planning and Development. She has been involved with environmental research.
“I have done a good bit of research that I feel is significant,” McCracken said.
The winner of the Republican primary and the Democratic primary will face off in the Nov. 8 general election.