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District 5 U.S. House candidates Q&A
by Savannah Weeks
October 31, 2012 12:37 PM | 2132 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Editor’s note: incumbent John Lewis faces Republican challenger Howard Stopeck, of Virginia-Highland, in the Nov. 6 general race for U.S. Congressional District 5, which includes Buckhead and part of Sandy Springs.

o Name, age: John Lewis, 72

o Residence: Atlanta

o Occupation: U.S. Congressman

o Education: American Baptist Theological Seminary, bachelor’s degree in religion and philosophy, 1961; Fisk University, honorary degree, 1967.

o Political experience: elected to District 5 seat in November 1986 and has been re-elected every two years since then; member of Atlanta City Council, 1982-86

o Why do you think you are the best choice? “As the senior chief deputy whip for the Democratic House Caucus and the fifth-most senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, I have brought home hundreds of millions of dollars for roads, transit and infrastructure projects back to the Fifth District. My commitment to the principles of human and civil rights is the force that continues to drive me today. As your representative, I will continue to fight for federal legislation and resources that help improve our economy and the conditions of those I represent.”

o Family: wife, Lillian Miles; one son, John Miles Lewis

o Top three issues: health care, jobs and environment

o Net campaign funds: $225,573, according to the Federal Elections Commission 

o Website:

o Name, age: Howard Stopeck, 73

o Residence: Virginia-Highland

o Occupation: retired lawyer and poet

o Education: LLB and law degree from Woodrow Wilson School of Law. 

o Political experience: 1984 Congressional candidate

o Family: wife, Anne

o Why do you think you are the best choice? “I have developed the ‘transparent tax,’ which will reduce taxes on the middle class by 30 percent over a lifetime. It will eliminate personal federal income tax, adopting a flat tax rate, in which a flat 16 percent tax is paid by individuals and a 28 percent tax is paid by all corporate income above $1 million.”

o Top two issues: curing the economy and caring for the poor

o Net campaign funds: $500, according to the Federal Elections Commission

o Website:

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