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Congressman faces challenge from Democrat for seat
by Bill Baldowski
March 26, 2014 01:40 PM | 2241 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The race for the Democratic nomination for Georgia’s 13th Congressional District in the May 20 primary finds incumbent David Scott facing a challenge from political newcomer Michael Owens of Mableton.

The winner of this race will be unopposed for the Congressional seat representing six metro Atlanta counties, including all of Douglas County, as there is no Republican challenger in November.

Scott, of Jonesboro, has served in Congress since 2003. He served in the Georgia House from 1974 to 1981 and in the state Senate from 1982 until he was elected to Congress. He is a member of the House Financial Services and Agriculture committees.

Owens, who is employed as a senior program manager for state and local government and a member of the HigherEd Solutions Division for Cisco Systems Inc., is an experienced business entrepreneur and information technology executive with more than 20 years experience within the military, corporate, government and academic organizations, he said.

Owens joined the Marines in 1991 and volunteered for service in the Persian Gulf conflict.

“For far too long, the 13th Congressional District has been an area in need of repair as our schools are suffering, our jobs are disappearing and our future is in serious doubt,” Owens said.

With regard to education, Owens said he wants to prepare children to compete in a global economy.

“I am committed to improving the country’s education system as well as creating new jobs across every sector of the economy,” he said.

Repeated efforts to reach Scott for comment for this story were unsuccessful.

However, on his web site, Scott said education is paramount to a child’s future.

“During my time as a member of Congress, I have supported efforts not only to improve the quality of education as a whole, but also to ensure that adequate funding goes to states that would ensure quality education programs continue,” he said.

“We must continue to focus on creating a robust learning environment so that students are prepared for the jobs of the 21st century.”

Both candidates also are committed to supporting veterans.

Owens said he wants to honor the courage and sacrifice of veterans and their families by providing them job opportunities and health care.

On his web site, Scott said it was important that when U.S. troops come home from the battlefield, they receive the appropriate amount of health care and benefits.

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