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Attorney seeks Woodall's seat in Congress District 7

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A Lawrenceville attorney is seeking to unseat a one-term congressman in the race for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District.

The district includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metro area, including the cities of Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Suwanee and Buford.

Two years ago, Rob Woodall, 42, beat out a long slate of Republicans hoping to replace long-time U.S. Rep. John Linder in the district. He faces democrat Steve Reilly, 51, an attorney in private practice in Lawrenceville. Both men hold law degrees from the University of Georgia.

Woodall says passing the FairTax would remain his top priority if reelected.

“It is the single most powerful bill in Congress today,” Woodall said. “It will transform this nation’s economy and put us back on a track to prosperity, and it will return more freedom and control back to the American people ... I believe that the closer to home decisions are made about how Americans are governed, the better those decisions will be.”

Woodall drew clear distinctions between him and his competition.

“I want to repeal ObamaCare; he supports it. I want to simplify tax rates; he wants to raise them,” Woodall said. “I believe America’s success depends on bringing power and decisions back home locally to the American people; he believes that the Federal government may have more of the answers. He is a good man, but his ideas are bad for American families.”

In terms of political experience, Reilly was a Democratic candidate for Georgia State House District 79 in 1992 and 1994; chairman of the Gwinnett County Democratic Party from 1996 to 2002; a member of the State Committee of Democratic Party of Georgia; and 7th District Chair of Democratic Party of Georgia.

If elected, Reilly hopes to return Congress to a “sensible center,” or “away from the dogma and uncompromising doctrines of both the left and the right,” he said. “We must put America’s interests first.”

Reilly pointed to differences between himself and the incumbent.

“I have a moderately activist view of the role of government; my opponent is a governmental ‘minimalist,’” he said. “My opponent has been a career civil servant in Washington; I served as an officer in the U.S. Army and have run a small business — my law practice — since leaving the Army.”

Reilly’s top goal would be to reduce “the influence of ‘Big Money’ on Congress through election reform, and fixing Congress by implementing the reform agenda of the non-partisan group known as ‘No Labels,’” he said, pointing to the group’s website, www.nolabels.org.

Candidate bios and questions

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Rob Woodall

Rob Woodall (i)

Party: Republican

Age: 42

Education: Law degree from University of Georgia

Occupation: 7th District Member of Congress

Political Experience: One term, Congress

Family: Single

What is your political philosophy, and how will it drive your role in office?

My political philosophy is more freedom is always the right answer. The best way to achieve that goal is to move power and decision making away from the federal government and return it to the elected officials who are closest to home, where our founding fathers intended it to be.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

Deficit reduction through economic growth  As a member of the House Budget Committee, I passed an aggressive budget that tackles spending head on and eliminates the federal uncertainty that is draining economy opportunity today. 

What sets you apart from your competitor? 

I want to repeal Obamacare; he supports it. I want to simplify tax rates; he wants to raise them. I believe America’s success depends on bringing power and decisions back home locally to the American people; he believes that the federal government may have more of the answers. He is a good man, but his ideas are bad for American families.


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Steve Reilly

Steve Reilly

Party: Democratic

Age: 51

Education: Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville (1979); BA, Mercer University (1983); Juris doctorate, University of Georgia (1986)

Occupation: Attorney

Political Experience: Democratic Candidate for Georgia State House District 79 in 1992 and 1994; Chairman of Gwinnett County Democratic Party 1996-2002; member of State Committee of Democratic Party of Georgia; 7th District Chair of Democratic Party of Georgia

Family: Wife Cathy; two children, Michael, 20, and Savannah, 17

What is your political philosophy, and how will it drive your role in office?

I believe that government can do good things when it is managed with care and integrity. I think we have to return Congress to the “sensible center”, away from the dogma and uncompromising doctrines of both the left and the right. We must put America’s interests first.

Name your top goal or issue you want to tackle.

Reducing the influence of “Big Money” on Congress through election reform, and fixing Congress by implementing the reform agenda of the non-partisan group known as “No Labels.” The agenda can be found online at www.nolabels.org.

What sets you apart from your competitor?

I have a moderately activist view of the role of government; my opponent is a governmental “minimalist.” My opponent has been a career civil servant in Washington; I served as an officer in the U.S. Army and have run a small business (my law practice) since leaving the Army.

Comments

agneskravitz 1 year, 9 months ago

How on earth would Rob Woodall know what is good for families in this district. He has worked for the gov't his entire adult life, lived in DC his entire working life and has no real world experience in ANYTHING. He is nothing but a gov't and party hack. He expects everybody else to be independent, like buying their own healthcare, but he keeps his own government subsidized healthcare "because its FREE". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUtKrApIH8c

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roaads1 1 year, 9 months ago

Although I usually vote Republican. Rob Woodall voted for NDAA, a law that suspends the constitution on individuals the government deems it desirable. No thanks Rob. I'd vote for anyone other than you for that reason alone.

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truthtopower 1 year, 9 months ago

Woodall: "Fairtax would remain my top priority". How about jobs, education, deficit reduction, reaching across the aisle? Much like his predecessor Linder, his main focus is on a fringe issue/idea with very little support even in his own party and his party's candidate for President. We don't need someone tilting at windmills.

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CD 1 year, 9 months ago

I watched Woodall's response to Jim Reagan when posed questions about the FAA privatization program and Briscoe. He treated Jim with complete disrespect. I don't always agree with Jim, or Sabrina Smith for that matter, but I think discussion and questions are healthy, discussion on any topic of importance. Civil discussion will allow for any topic to be brought forward into he light of day. If it survives public scrutiny, so be it.

Rob Woodall is a symbol of what is wrong with America in general in so many ways. He needs to go. I did my part earlier this week.

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roaads1 1 year, 9 months ago

CD I've always pulled the party lever. But NDAA was enough for me. Allowing the government to detain US citizens without due process is fundamentally unamerican. He proved what he thought of regular citizens. Although we were assured only terrorists would be detained. So far just ex military people that complained about the president are the only ones that it has been used on.

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CD 1 year, 9 months ago

I'm excited when I see folks involved and reading about what is really going on. No matter R or D, if they are not good for America, then they need to go. The keys to this are an informed electorate and and electorate that votes.

I have some concerns about detaining US citizens, but on the other hand and a little off topic, I did not mind so much hearing about Awlaki's death. The last I recall on this was that Obama signed a policy waiver that effectively ended the practice of detaining US citizens, but I will admit that I have been asleep at the wheel on this one.

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ChristineMcGee 1 year, 9 months ago

What does Rob Woodall know about American families or the business owners and what we want? He has never raised a family and has no business experience-he is a career politician full of rhetoric! We need someone like Steve Reilly-he is from the district, is raising a family in the district and is running a business in the district! Easy choice!

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alismom13 1 year, 9 months ago

Mr Woodall has proven he doesn't have a clue what we need or want! I'm voting for Steve Reilly

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rco1847 1 year, 9 months ago

Instead of referring to him as an attorney - refer to him as a veteran.

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rco1847 1 year, 9 months ago

Woodall needs to find a real job and get off the public dole for once iin his life. He acts as if he's entitled to his job. His idea of a fair tax won't touch the super rich.

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CD 1 year, 9 months ago

The "Fair Tax" will touch (crush) those in the middle and lower ends of the spectrum that spend more for daily expenses as a percent of their income. It would also add to the deficit as the projections show the revenue raised would be less than that of the current system. I earn excellent money, but most of my money comes from W2 income. If your income stems from mainly investments (think Forbes 500), then you will pay zero on income derived from investment and also gain from the repeal of the estate tax.

Corporate tax (average effective) rates and the share of total tax corporations pay versus the individual are at an all time low--lower than under Reagan, while the share individuals pay is at an all-time high. Corporations will not fight to lower prices because they are not paying tax.

I can assure you in all of my years in corporate America, not once did we look for ways to reduce revenue.

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