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Candidate profiles: U.S. House
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Doug Collins

Doug Collins

Age: 47
Family information: Wife and three children
Occupation: Representative in the U.S. House
Political experience: Former District 27 representative in the Georgia House of Representatives
Education: Political science and criminal justice degrees from North Georgia College & State University, master’s in divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Website: www.collinsleads.com

What are your goals if elected?

I will continue bringing federal spending down. Repealing Obamacare is going to be key to that. In the last two years we’ve brought federal spending to the lowest levels in over 50 years, and we have a long way to go. We always have the opportunity to simplify the tax code, and that’s still my goal. I want to continue to keep the administration accountable and get the answers the American people deserve to have about the abuses of the IRS and the tragedy of Benghazi. Locally, I’ve made no secret of my hopes that the Chattahoochee National Fish Hatchery and the $30 million every year it brings to the mountain economy stays online. I also really want to see the land at Camp Merrill transferred to the Department of Defense. These are projects I’ve been working on and can continue to make progress on in another term.

What differentiates you from your primary opponent?

I’ve found that what makes me different from most people is my background. A lot of people holding office or running for office will talk about putting people before paper, but that’s really the way I’ve lived my life. More than a decade in full-time ministry taught me that it takes more than just saying you’re putting people first to actually do that. Before I was a pastor and spent time in two branches of our military, I had the example of my parents — a dad in the Georgia Highway Patrol and a mom who served the elderly. Their example of always considering the real-life effects on people guided me growing up and it guides me now. 

David Vogel

Age: 72
Family: Wife, one child, one stepchild, four grandchildren
Occupation: Retired from medical school teaching and research
Political experience: Ran for the Georgia House of Representatives
Education: Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from University of Colorado; doctorate in physiology and biophysics from the University of Iowa.
Website: VoteVogel.org

What are your goals if elected?

To improve the economy by increasing the demand for products by the middle class and working poor. We not only need to raise the minimum wage, we should require businesses that hire more than 10 percent of their workforce part time to pay part-time benefits so as to remove the incentive to split full-time jobs into part-time jobs. The richest 1 percent of Americans are not a problem, but inside the 1 percent is the richest 0.01 percent. We need to slow the transfer of the nation’s wealth to the super-rich by returning to Republican tax policies of the 1950s.

What differentiates you from your primary opponent?

I resist the takeover of government by major corporations by passing the proposed constitutional amendment that would allow restrictions on the amount of money corporations can spend on political campaigns. I want to raise the level of political debate by providing the evidence, not the slogans, behind my positions on my website, votevogel.org.