Friday, May 17, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
The number of candidates for Saxby Chambliss's Senate seat rose to four on Friday.
Karen Handel, the former secretary of state who once lead the Fulton County Commission, announced a campaign for the 2014 Republican nomination.
She is the first person to enter the race who isn't in Congress, joining U.S. Reps. Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston.
"I have been incredibly fortunate and blessed in my life. Only in America could I have the life I have," Handel said in a statement. "I'm running for U.S. Senate because I want to make sure that the next young person who ends up on his or her own at 17 will have the opportunity to prosper and achieve. But that won't happen unless we make some big changes in Washington."
Handel, a former gubernatorial candidate, made headlines as a leader for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, when the charity made a decision, and later reversed it, to fund Planned Parenthood, which began an abortion debate.
Her focus in this campaing, according to her statement, is the financial situation in Washington.
"Out of control spending has left us with a crushing debt. It's time to deal with it and stop kicking the can down the road -- this cannot be the legacy we leave to future generations," Handel said. "So many Georgians are still unemployed or underemployed. To really unleash our economic potential, we need prosperity driven by free market solutions, not prosperity propped up with government spending and bailouts. Businesses, especially our small businesses, need government to get off their backs and out of the way, so that they can do what they do best: innovate and create jobs.
"Georgians want a conservative senator with the courage to take on the status quo, to fight for them and our constitutional ideals, to be accountable to them -- and not Washington."