Thomasville Times Enterprise

December 22, 2012

Georgia Senate District 11 candidate profiles

Patti Dozier
CNHI

THOMASVILLE — A candidate for the District 11 state Senate seat said all citizens should have an opportunity to elect liberty-minded individuals.

“I’m running for the sole purpose to protect, preserve and defend the constitutional rights of my fellow citizens,” said Dr. Jeffrey G. Bivins.

The state and nation are going through an identity crisis, Bivins said. “You can’t look at what happened in Connecticut and not realize we are having a deep identity crisis as a people,” he explained.

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Senate District 11 unemployment has ties to agriculture and water, said Dr. Dean Burke, a candidate for the Senate seat vacated recently upon the resignation of longtime Sen. John Bulloch.

“Farmers are concerned about water rights,” said Burke.

Bulloch fought for the area, Burke said, adding, “It was an uphill battle with Atlanta.” The battle will continue, Burke explained.

“We’ve got to find ways to take advantage of what we have,” the candidate said.

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The federal government should oversee states, not dictate to them, according to a candidate for the District 11 state Senate seat.

Candidate Brad Hughes said Obamacare is the best example of the federal government overstepping constitutional bounds.

“I want to add one more vote to the General Assembly to say, ‘We’re not doing it,’ “ Hughes said, in reference to the health care plan.

The federal government, he said, cannot dictate to states what to do with taxes and health care.

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Considering the many activities under way in the federal government, it is important for Georgia to have strong state leaders, said Mike Keown, a candidate for the District 11 state Senate seat.

The district needs a strong leader to protect its values, agriculture and the way of life in South Georgia, Keown explained.

“I believe we need a good constitutional person with good common sense to represent us in Atlanta,” he added.

 Keown served six years in the Georgia House of Representatives, In 2010, he ran against Second District Congressmen Sanford Bishop and garnered 49.6 percent of the vote.

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Jobs and education go hand in hand, said Eugene “Gene” McNease, a candidate for the District 11 state Senate seat.

The Second Congressional District is one of the poorest in the state and the eighth-poorest in the country, McNease said.

He said Hyundai, Mercedes and Honda have located in Alabama, and Airbus has announced plans to go there.

“It has to do with their tax structure and education,” McNease said. “Tax structure is a big incentive.”

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