We had every intention of sitting this race out. We generally don’t endorse in primaries if there’s a contested election later.
But the 12th Congressional District race is too important – and Rick Allen is too good a candidate not to endorse.
We urge you to go to the polls on Tuesday to vote for Rick Allen for Congress.
An Augusta native, Allen is a respected business owner, president and CEO of R.W. Allen & Associates, Inc., construction company. He is an esteemed peer and acknowledged leader in the crowded and fiercely competitive construction industry statewide and nationally.
Like the steel he has erected over the years, Rick Allen has been forged by the fires of faith, family, community and dedication to his craft. And a list of his civic affiliations and contributions alone reach the length of some people’s entire résumé. From schools to churches to nonprofits to hospitals and more, Allen’s architectural and construction footprints in this town are
matched only by his fingerprints over all the important and worthy causes out there.
Allen is so grounded in his Christian faith that you will rarely meet anyone who exudes its peace and kindness more.
With his conservatism and his real-world business background, Allen is precisely, absolutely, utterly the prototype of the citizen legislator that we are desperate to send to Washington to fix all that the career politicians have wrought.
And he’s a job creator to boot – another thing we need more of in Washington!
But one thing you can’t list on a résumé is Allen’s gravitas – a political cliché these days, but a word that, unlike any other, describes Rick Allen: “substance; weightiness; a serious or dignified demeanor.” It shows in the way he carries himself, in the way
he greets you, in the way he thoughtfully answers questions and more.
It hardly gets any better: We can send to Congress a true,
sincere, genuine citizen
legislator who comes already equipped with the sophistication and poise of a 20-year congressman.
But without any of the self-serving baggage or cynicism so rampant in Washington.
All of those qualities will
serve Rick Allen well in the November general election, when he goes up against Democrat John Barrow, a slick entrenched incumbent who, despite liberal tendencies, has made an art out of surviving in a largely conservative district.
He plays the game so well that voters don’t realize they’re being played.
The conventional wisdom in Republican circles is that Rick Allen’s runoff opponent, Lee Anderson, simply does not have the dynamic punch it will take to detach Barrow from the people’s seat.
Rick Allen does.
Again, we strongly urge residents in the 12th Congressional District to vote for Rick Allen on Tuesday. You need to request a Republican ballot – and you may do so if you voted Republican or nonpartisan in the July 31 primary – and even if you didn’t vote in it at all.
Rick W. Allen is a man who has already left his mark in the Augusta area, in the form of new and renovated structures throughout the area.
Now he can make his mark in Congress – and, with our prayerful support and his knowledge
of construction, perhaps even
help save this great nation from ruin.
That’s what a builder does. He builds.