4 Republicans state their case against John Barrow in 12th Congressional District candidate forum in west Augusta

4 CANDIDATES SPEAK IN FORUM

Monday, March 12, 2012 10:02 PM
Last updated Tuesday, March 13, 2012 2:41 AM

The four Republicans seeking to unseat Georgia’s 12th District congressman, Democrat John Barrow, in November had the floor Monday in a forum sponsored by the West Augusta Alliance.

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About 75 people attended a forum Monday at the Warren Road Community Center to hear from 12th Congressional District Republican candidates Maria Sheffield, Lee Anderson, Wright McLeod and Rick Allen.  CHRIS THELEN/STAFF
CHRIS THELEN/STAFF
About 75 people attended a forum Monday at the Warren Road Community Center to hear from 12th Congressional District Republican candidates Maria Sheffield, Lee Anderson, Wright McLeod and Rick Allen.

Contractor Rick Allen spoke of solving Washington’s problems and committed to seeking no more than four two-year terms in Congress.

“Folks, I’m a businessman,” Allen told the crowd gathered in a gym at the Warren Road Community Center. “And I’m not a lawyer. That’s what I do every day in business – solve problems.”

Lawyer and retired Navy pilot Wright McLeod called the U.S. tax code “an absolute disaster” and reminded constituents they need to vote for him three times: in the July 31 Republican primary, in a likely Aug. 21 runoff and in the Nov. 6 general election.

“Government is not the answer; it’s the problem,” McLeod said.

The No. 1 role of the federal government, all four agreed, is national defense.

“You’re not going to get an argument from me,” said Dublin lawyer Maria Sheffield, and she questioned why agencies such as the departments of Energy and Education, created under President Carter “as favors”, are funded when “we don’t take care of veterans.”

Lee Anderson, of Grovetown, a farmer and state representative, said all federal departments should be cut except defense.

“We should be running a gas pipeline from Canada to the Gulf right now,” he said.

Most of the people gathered Monday already had one of the Republicans in mind as a favorite, including Rita Hamilton, the second vice president of the alliance.

“I have my favorites, but I’m open,” she said, not revealing her top choice. “You’re looking for who can lead in Washington.”

The forum came hours after Anderson produced a list of supporters ranging from Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength to Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black.

Voters in the July 31 Republican primary won’t get to weigh in on another Richmond County primary unless any of the contenders for sheriff, who so far are sheriff’s Capt. Scott Peebles and Richmond County School Safety Lt. Richard Roundtree, run as Republicans.

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broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 03/13/12 - 10:39 am
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sheffield is barking up the
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sheffield is barking up the wrong tree saying we don't take care of veterans. john barrow does, according to veterans. he has an A+ from the group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. http://www.veteranreportcard.org/list.html

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faithson 03/13/12 - 11:54 am
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I like the farmer over the

I like the farmer over the 'elite businessman', the soldier, and the lawyer. We need a man of the soil in government, got enough of the others.

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onthego555 03/13/12 - 01:20 pm
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I watched the video, and

I watched the video, and Wright McLeod and Maria Sheffield were hands down the most educated and the best speakers. We need to send one of them to Washington!

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Little Lamb 03/13/12 - 01:24 pm
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Obama is a good speaker

Obama is a good speaker (provided with a teleprompter), also. But being a good speaker does not necessarily make for a good president. Likewise, merely being a good speaker will not necessarily make for a good congressman. You'd better look at their accomplishments and worldviews.

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onthego555 03/13/12 - 05:18 pm
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You're right, but when we

You're right, but when we send someone to reprsent us in Congress, they need to be well educated and be able to communicate their thoughts quickly.

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dixieshicksa 11/06/12 - 08:18 pm
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I hope

I hope to God that people who have become (unwitting) "members" of the West
Augusta Alliance because of where they live make it clear to their
homeowners' associations that they do NOT want Lori Davis representing them
in any way.

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Riverman1 03/14/12 - 10:17 pm
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Did Lori Davis hurt Paul

Did Lori Davis hurt Paul Simon's little feelings? I sowy.

dixieshicksa
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dixieshicksa 11/06/12 - 08:19 pm
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Hi

H Thank you too for admitting that you are indeed sowy.

dixieshicksa
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dixieshicksa 03/16/12 - 10:44 am
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I sure would like to see

I sure would like to see comment regarding Lori Davis make the print edition of the Chronicle. West Augusta residents need to know what is going on with reference to their homeowners' associations.

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