Rick Allen wants to take success to Washington

Rick Allen is a successful man who wants his next success to be in representing Georgia’s 12th Congressional District.

Rick Allen speaks with individuals after the 12th Congressional District debate.   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Rick Allen speaks with individuals after the 12th Congressional District debate.

Like two of his three opponents seeking the Republican nomination July 31 to run against Democratic incumbent John Barrow, Allen has no experience holding elected office.

Instead, he proudly touts his success in business – R.W. Allen & Associates, the large Augusta construction company he and his wife, Robin, founded with their savings in 1976 – as ideal preparation for success in Washington.

At debates around the district, Allen has mentioned how his business has helped people pull themselves out of poverty.

“I’m proud of that business,” he said in a Wednesday debate in Augusta. “That business is a leader not only in the community but in this state, this nation. We’ve created thousands of jobs. We’ve provided a way for families to provide for their children.”

Besides its work in private industry, R.W. Allen has become the go-to contractor for government construction projects. While other contractors bemoan Augusta’s stringent procurement process, R.W. Allen has won some of the largest, including Augusta’s new public library and the city’s downtown convention center now under construction.

The son of a Columbia County farmer and school librarian, Allen was an honors graduate in high school and graduated from Auburn University’s architecture school with a bachelor’s degree in building construction. His brother, Charles Allen, is a Columbia County commissioner. The father of four and grandfather of five, Allen’s resume is full of board memberships at schools, colleges and development organizations.

He has also out-raised his Republican primary opponents. His July 19 filings with the Federal Elections Commission show Allen collecting $662,569 so far, including $250,000 of his own money. His nearest opponent, state Rep. Lee Anderson, has $514,755. which includes a $178,000 loan to himself. Evans attorney Wright McLeod has raised $485,827, including a $100,000 personal loan.

The only candidate in the July 31 primary from outside the Augusta area, Dublin attorney and former Georgia insurance commissioner candidate Maria Sheffield, reported raising only $10,125 in her most recent filings. Sheffield, who almost won the state insurance commissioner’s seat in 2010, said recently that primary fundraising doesn’t matter and that the Republican Party will pour millions into defeating Barrow in the general election.

During his campaign Allen also has taken the offensive against one of his opponents, McLeod. He surprised some of his Augusta supporters when his campaign manager, Scott Paradise, filed a complaint against McLeod alleging several campaign finance disclosure violations. McLeod, a retired Navy officer and the congressional heir apparent among Augusta-area Republicans, mostly ignored the allegations but amended his filings after the FEC agreed with one of Paradise’s four allegations.

RICK W. ALLEN

AGE: 60

OCCUPATION: Contractor

FAMILY: Wife Robin; four children; five grandchildren
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: None
FUNDS: $662,569 raised as of July 19

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/20/12 - 04:16 pm
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Top Drawer Character

His experience making it through Geri Sams’ maze of Augusta procurement paperwork make it a snap to follow the federal election paperwork rules.

McLeod either could not understand the federal election laws or deliberately chose to violate them. I salute the Allen campaign for filing the FEC protest on McLeod.

soullessconservative
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soullessconservative 07/20/12 - 05:26 pm
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This guy puts the Crony in Crony Capitalism

All this guy wants is to build a network in Washington DC to feed his company RW Allen with more pork. Is he a conservative? Maybe. Is he in it for his own personal gain? Most certainly. Our country has no future if people like Rick Allen are elected.

Even his staffers are criminals. I hear there's a ethics complaint that's been filed with the state ethics board. While he hides behind claims of supreme piety, reality says otherwise.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/20/12 - 07:27 pm
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Ethics

For citizen A to file an ethics complaint on citizen B does not make citizen B a criminal.

Vote for someone else if you want, but don't make baseless allegations of criminality on a campaign staffer. There's no meat to your allegation.

glfr8
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glfr8 07/20/12 - 10:38 pm
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Brothers?

Trey Allen is not Rick's brother. Charles Allen is....

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 07/20/12 - 11:27 pm
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Not to be cynical but....

I look forward to similar "fluff" pieces about the other candidates for the office......we'll see....

Techfan
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Techfan 07/21/12 - 06:09 am
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I have to agree with

I have to agree with conservative man on this one. The article did read like the bio page from a campaign website.

avidreader
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avidreader 07/21/12 - 09:10 am
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A Good Man!

Rick Allen is a good man! He's not a career politician; he's a businessman. He understands the power of an economy when encouraged to thrive. And yes, he is a fiscal conservative who will protect our constitution and lay the groundwork for a much-needed U.S. financial recovery.

bushwhacker
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bushwhacker 07/21/12 - 09:38 am
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Republicans have done so well

Republicans have done so well with the state of Georgia. What rank are we nationally?

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Riverman1 07/21/12 - 11:10 am
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I usually agree with LL, but not this time

I went with McLeod kind of early on and haven't been disappointed. They may both be good men, but McLeod won that debate the other night that was televised hands down. He is intelligent, friendly and able to speak off the cuff. He would represent us well as would Sheffield. Allen and Anderson, not so much. My two cents worth of opinion.

glfr8
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glfr8 07/22/12 - 12:32 am
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Conservative Man,

each candidate already had their "fluff" pieces. Over the past three weeks....

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/23/12 - 03:37 pm
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Hey, RM,

Barak Obama won some debates, too. Winning debates is not a good predictor of good performance.

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