District 11 includes parts of Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Cobb County, including all of Vinings, and all of Bartow and Cherokee counties. Incumbent Republican Phil Gingrey is leaving the seat to run for U.S. Senate.
In the primary Loudermilk had 36.6 percent of the vote and Barr 25.8 percent. They were followed by Tricia Pridemore (17.1 percent), Ed Lindsey (14.8 percent), Larry Mrozinski (4.0 percent) and Allan Levene (1.7 percent).
Mrozinski said he is endorsing Barr, and Levene, Lindsey and Pridemore said they are not endorsing a candidate.
Barr, a Smyrna resident and a lawyer, is the only candidate who previously served in the U.S. House. He was the District 7 U.S. representative for four terms, from 1995 to 2003.
“I am the best choice because taxpayers are fed up with the mess in Washington, and they want a member of Congress with the track record and backbone to actually move the conservative agenda forward — to shrink the size, scope, cost and power of the government. I alone have that experience,” Barr said.
Loudermilk, a Cassville resident, is president and CEO of Innovative Network Systems Inc., an information technology services company. He has spent the last 15 years heavily involved in politics, and resigned as the District 14 state senator in September to run for Congress. Prior to being elected to the Senate in 2010, Loudermilk served as the District 14 state representative from 2005 through December 2010. He was also the Bartow County Republican Party chairman from 2001 to 2004.
“I am a consistent conservative Republican with a proven record of standing firm on the constitutional principles of limited government, lower taxes and individual responsibility,” Loudermilk said. “In the Georgia Legislature, I have stood firm on principles while respecting the ideas and beliefs of others. I have worked hard to form working and respectful relationships with all my colleagues.”
Both candidates were asked what the key to winning the runoff would be.
Barr said the it will be “offering a clearly defined plan for moving our conservative agenda forward, articulating a vision for the GOP that goes beyond sound bites, proving that experience and seniority are necessary to achieve results change in Washington and getting the voters of the 11th District engaged in the process by meeting with as many voters, knocking on as many doors and calling as many voters as possible and reminding voters there is an election on July 22.”
Said Loudermilk, “We believe we will be victorious by continuing with the same strong grassroots effort that we demonstrated in the primary. We made direct, personal contact with over 30,000 voters and have continued that effort thus far in the runoff.”
Meet the candidates
o Name, age: Bob Barr, 65
o Occupation: attorney
o Education: bachelor’s degree in international relations, University of Southern California, 1970; master’s degree in international affairs, George Washington University, 1972; juris doctor degree, Georgetown University Law Center, 1977
o Family: wife Jeri; four adult children and eight grandchildren
o Top three issues: cut the debt and balance the budget, reduce federal regulations strangling businesses and cut taxes
o Campaign website: www.barrcongress.com
o Name, age: Barry Loudermilk, 50
o Occupation: business owner; former state legislator
o Education: associate’s degree in telecommunications technologies, U.S. Air Force Community College, 1987; bachelor’s degree in occupational education/business, Wayland Baptist University, 1992
o Family: wife Desiree, three adult children: Travis, Christiana and Michael; one grandchild
o Top three issues: repealing and replacing Obamacare, passing a Constitutional amendment for a balanced budget and reforming the tax code
o Campaign website: www.standwithbarry.com