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U.S. District 11 House candidates Q&A
by Savannah Weeks
October 31, 2012 12:52 PM | 2769 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Editor’s note:  incumbent Republican Phil Gingrey, of Marietta, faces Democrat Patrick Thompson, of Woodstock,  in the U.S. House of Representatives District 11 race. The district includes Vinings and parts of Buckhead and Sandy Springs.

o Name, age: Phil Gingrey, 70

o Residence: Marietta

o Occupation: Practiced obstetrics and gynecology in Marietta for almost 30 years.

o Education: Georgia Tech, bachelor’s degree in chemistry, 1964; Medical College of Georgia, medicine, 1968. 

o Political experience: Marietta City School Board, 1994 through 1997; District 37 state senator, 1998 through 2002; U.S. District 11 representative, 2003 to present. 

o Family: Wife, Billie; four adult children; 11 grandchildren.

o Why do you think you are the best choice? “I’m seeking reelection so that I may continue working to advance the conservative principles that my constituents of the 11th Congressional District hold dear, such as repealing Obamacare, reducing federal spending and fostering conditions that allow for job creation and economic growth.”

o Top three issues: health care, the federal budget and tax reduction.

o Net campaign funds: $1.8 million as of Sept. 30, according to the Federal Elections Commission.

o Website:

o Name, age: Patrick Thompson, 55

o Residence: Woodstock

o Occupation: Hi-technology business manager and small business entrepreneur in renewable energy (ex-school teacher, ex-national park ranger).

o Education: Mary Washington University, bachelor’s of science degrees in biology and psychology, 1981; ITT, bachelor’s of science in computer science, 1990; currently working toward a master of business administration degree in sustainability through Green Mountain University’s long-distance learning program.

o Political experience: challenged Chip Rogers in Senate District 21 race in 2010. Rogers won with 46,102 votes or 80 percent of the total number of votes, with Thompson collecting 11,514 votes or 20 percent.

o Family: wife, Lorraine; sons, Sean, 23, Ryan, 19

o Why do you think you are the best choice? “I’m running to represent District 11 in Congress because, like most of the citizens here, I don’t feel represented in Washington. My career has been about growing businesses and expanding opportunities for others — built on cooperation and creativity — something necessary if we are to return our economy to dignity and prosperity. Disappointed in the way lobbyists, money, the media and partisanship are dictating what’s being worked on by this Congress, I seek public service as ‘we the people’ don’t have a voice, and we’re not getting anything accomplished towards getting our economy back on track.”

o Top three issues: improving the atmosphere for job creation and career continuity, supporting and restoring education as an economic multiplier and engine for the American economy and increasing economic activity with infrastructure investment.

o Net campaign funds: $1,690 as of Sept. 30, according to the Federal Election Commission

o Website: www.patrickthompsonforcongress. com

— Senior Staff Writer Noreen Lewis Cochran contributed to this report.

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