Republican candidates seeking Barrow's District 12 seat discuss change

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Candidate Rick Allen is one of five Republicans in the race to unseat incumbent John Barrow, who participated in the District 12 debate in the River Room at St. Paul's Church.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Candidate Rick Allen is one of five Republicans in the race to unseat incumbent John Barrow, who participated in the District 12 debate in the River Room at St. Paul's Church.

Five Republicans seeking a chance to unseat U.S. Rep. John Barrow avoided criticizing each other Thursday night, instead focusing on so-called failures in the Obama administration and ways to fix the nation’s economy.

At the third of four debates in the primary campaign, former congressional aide John Stone said the regional economy cannot grow without two new interstates, five new nuclear reactors at Savannah River Site and growth at Fort Gordon.

“We need to get our infrastructure in place and start building our economy and jobs in this district with specific projects,” Stone said.

Construction company owner Rick Allen said leaders must focus on creating a trained workforce to attract employers, deepening the Savannah, Ga., port and building an truck-rail freight transfer facility on Interstate 20.

“Our state cannot afford to maintain interstates,” Allen said.

Eugene Yu, the founder of a now-defunct military contracting company, said he’d help bring back manufacturing jobs from overseas; Diane Vann, a nurse from Macon, Ga., wants to deregulate farming; and state Rep. Delvis Dutton, of Glennville, Ga., said
the district needs to capitalize on its proximity to the Savannah port to boost the economy.

Allen and Stone, both of Augusta, have been running full time since last summer for the GOP nomination to take on Barrow, the Deep South’s last white Democratic congressman.

Dutton and Yu joined the race in the past two months for the May 20 primary.

Allen began airing a 30-second ad Wednesday citing the Bible and accusing President Obama of “immoral spending.”

“We hired a community organizer for our president. How’s that working out? Our country’s in a mess. That’s what I say in my ad,” Allen said at the debate.

Asked why she should be elected, Vann said she would work to impeach Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“I think they are poison in the system,” Vann said.

Dutton said he would continue his “proven conservative, constitutional record” from serving four years as state representative.

Eugene Yu, also from Augusta, said he would change the GOP image while fixing a broken Washington.

The Republican candidates will meet for their final debate May 1 in Coffee County.

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griff6035
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griff6035 04/25/14 - 04:03 am
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John Stone!

corgimom
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corgimom 04/25/14 - 04:05 am
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Blah blah, blah blah blah.

Blah blah, blah blah blah. Hot air, hot air, hot air.

We've been hearing about the Fall Line Freeway for what- 30 + years now?

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edcushman 04/25/14 - 06:33 am
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either one is better Barrow
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either one is better Barrow

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 04/25/14 - 06:48 am
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More hot air from folks that
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More hot air from folks that are no more qualified... let them yell conservative this conservative that or Obama did this or that. Our economy is BETTER since the devastation the last president caused. There is no such thing as conservative - they just re-route the money to the 1% that rewards CEO's for wasting what resources they have and outsource jobs either overseas (or above or below our borders) and staffing companies that pay a fraction of what they should and either offer no insurance or more of a discount card plan.

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Bodhisattva 04/25/14 - 06:49 am
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A bunch of nuts

Vann spouts Cleon Skousen and whip out the old "Muslim" and "communist" schtick. She throws out the truly insane "Agenda 21" nonsense" and links to the good old Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity, which also explains her links to Koch funded and the racist organization "True the Vote" a branch of the "King Street Patriots" which has lied about instances of voter fraud, run photo shopped pictures defaming blacks (such as holding a sign saying "I only got to vote once." Of course all of the photos only showed African-Americans). They overwhelmed and harrassed minorities at polling places caliming to be "monitors". Catherine Engelbrecht, the founder, got a list of voter registration data from Republican Harris County registrar Leo Vasquez (who, of course refused to give Democrats the same voter registration list), and accepted, without question any questionable registration or "fraduldulent" action they claimed to see at the poll (all, of course from minorities). This was in 2010, the year that former Houston Mayor Bill White, was running against Rick Perry for Governor, and the year, coincidentally, all of the voting machines in Harris County (where Houston is located) happened to go up in flames ina warehouse fire. Vann is a dangerous kook. She has no business even being in this race. She's a follower of racist and nutcase Skousen, and racists and nutcases with the "King Street Thugs". Oh, Engelbrecht is tied in with "Groundswell", a no longer secret group of far right wing activists, politicians and journalists planning a "30 front war seeking to fundamentally transform the nation". Wonder why you heard "Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi"? That's the, plotting out a messagage to hammer over and over. John Bolton, Ted Cruz's top aid, GOP PR firm, GOP think tanks, Allen West, Ginni Thomas (Hey, the wife of a sitting SCOTUS Justice, who's hearing cases that she's trying to influnce and he's not recusing himself. THERE'S SOMEONE WHO REALLY HAD GROUNDS TO BE IMPEACHED MS. VANN.). That's all Georgia needs is someone nuttier in office. Leave it to the GOP to make us more of a laughing stock than Arizona.

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Junior Dawg 04/25/14 - 06:54 am
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I don't know these candidates,

But anyone is better than a democrat or liberal!

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rmwhitley 04/25/14 - 09:28 am
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The
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demographics in Richmond cty. preclude any conservative being elected. (or as barbara lee, d.Ca. and elijah cumming, d.Mo. would say conservative is just a "code" word for caucasian.)

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rmwhitley 04/25/14 - 09:42 am
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And, by the way,
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these two fine congressional black caucus members (lee and cumming) have stated that a white person using the term "inner city dweller" is really using the "N" word. Watch who you vote for, Richmond county!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/25/14 - 10:53 am
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Allen

I'm supporting Rick Allen in this race.

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AutumnLeaves 04/25/14 - 12:02 pm
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Wish I could hear more from

Wish I could hear more from Eugene Yu. Most interesting and promising candidate so far from what I've read at least.

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Butterman 04/25/14 - 07:14 pm
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is toast. Isn't he neck deep in that TEE center mess? I would put my money on Yu if you want a chance to beat Barrow in November.

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corgimom 04/25/14 - 08:13 pm
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The Kay Allen and Charles

The Kay Allen and Charles Allen CC mess is what's going to do him in.

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