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Another Republican to Oppose Barrow
Monday, 01 June 2009

June 1-- Another candidate has declared his intention to run for Congress from the 12th Congressional District. Former Thunderbolt Councilman Carl Smith announced that he will challenge Democratic three- term incumbent, John Barrow, in Georgia’s 12th Congressional District race for 2010. 


Last January, Dr. Wayne Mosley of Vidalia said he intends to seek the Republican nomination for the seat.


“Congress must stop wasteful spending and eliminate programs that are not the constitutional responsibility of our government. We should be identifying failing programs, and replacing them with effective solutions that are fiscally accountable,” Smith stated.   In 1997, and 2005, Thunderbolt elected Carl to city council. During his two terms, he helped reduce property taxes and enhanced the response capabilities of the police and fire departments.  As finance chair, he reformed the city’s budget and accounting practices and corrected their audit deficiencies.


Smith has been endorsed by several local and state GOP elected officials. Among them are State Senator Jeff Mullis, State Representative Ron Stephens, and Chatham County Commissioner David Gellatly. 


“The reason I want to represent Georgia’s 12th district, is to stand against the congressional borrow, tax, print, and spend policies.”  In February 2009, John Barrow voted in favor of the 787 billion dollar stimulus bill.  ”That is exactly the type of irresponsible spending that has gotten us in this financial crisis,” Carl remarked.


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