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Access the link below, then click the arrows to select the District 5 Democratic Debate.

http://www.gpb.org/election/press-club-debates

Let your voice be heard!  Remember to get out to vote tomorrow.  Precincts are open from 7am - 7pm.  You can check your polling location at the link below.

http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us/

Early voting begins Monday, July 9th and continues Monday - Friday through July 27th.  You can even vote on Saturday, July 21st!  Check for early voting locations near you and also confirm your precinct and district with the link below! 

http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us/

Yesterday we received the long awaited U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the constitutionality of President Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act; it has been upheld!

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Affordable Health Care Act means that millions of Americans will have access to adequate and affordable health care; it means that children will have access to coverage through their parent’s health care plan through the age of twenty-six and that no one will be denied health coverage due to pre-existing conditions. BUT, we still have many more challenges that lie ahead across our country and here in the 5th district, our district.

We still have extremely high unemployment; we still have one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation; we still have one of the highest child poverty rates in the country; we still pay the high water rates in the country; we still have a crumbling infrastructure; we still have an inadequate public transportation system; and, we can do a much better job in terms of securing federal funds for our congressional district.

With 33 days left to go before the July 31st Democratic primary election, we need all hands on deck. If you are concerned about your future then let’s move forward in the right direction. I want to bring more jobs to our district by supporting innovative small businesses and marketing our district as a world class, business friendly region. I want to improve education by establishing public/private sector partnerships that will invest in our children so that they can compete in the global market place. I will fight to protect Social Security and Medicare for our seniors and I will work to bring home our fair share of federal funds, funds that we have been lacking, so that we will have the services that we need and deserve.

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Cast your vote for Michael in the Democratic Primary on Tuesday, July 31, 2012!

View the video by clicking the YouTube link (at right).

Last year we embarked upon the most important phase of our campaign, knocking on doors and meeting one-on-one to hear what is important you. These face-to-face opportunities have allowed me to tell citizens across Georgia’s 5th Congressional District why I am running.  

My decision to run for Congress was not a decision that I, along with my wife, made lightly. In fact, the decision to run was only arrived at after months of reflection and contemplation. I understood that I would have to give up my career as a judge, a career that I worked hard to earn and greatly cherished. That said, I made the decision to run because I care very deeply about our country and our community and I know that we deserve more.

Georgia’s 5th congressional district has been my home for my entire life. My wife was raised here and our children attend public school in this district; we are committed to seeing the 5th district thrive. I have spent my professional career as a community advocate and volunteer, attorney and judge here in our district; as your next congressman, I will work diligently on the issues impacting us nationally and locally. So many Americans today are greatly dismayed by the lack of civility, bipartisanship and the dysfunctional way in which Congress continues to conduct itself, is there any wonder that Congresses’ approval rating is at an all-time low of a mere 11%. The partisan gridlock that has engulfed Congress and brought to a screeching halt “progress for the people” has mired this country in a state of despair, hopelessness, and doubt about our future. We deserve better and ultimately, I felt compelled to STAND UP for our future!

Why run now? My decision to run now is simple: as a nation, we are at the crossroads; we are facing complex and challenging issues such as the erosion of the middle class, the safeguarding of social security and Medicare, high unemployment, the rising cost of college tuition and an outdated tax policy. These issues have been ignored and passed from Congress to Congress for decades. The members of Congress, those of the “Decades Club”, have had ample time to address and resolve the many recurring issues that we face today. Regrettably, the members of Congress have repeatedly demonstrated, in the face of necessary transformation, that they will not put aside partisanship to work for the good of the country over the good of their respective parties. This is why I am running now.

Our district has grown and evolved greatly over the last quarter of a century, the last time we had a new congressional representative. New leadership is needed now because we can no longer afford to approach every issue from a singular lens, as has been the practice for the last 25 years. As your Congressman, I will speak out and push for meaningful legislation on the issues that matter to the hard-working families of Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District. We need a forward thinker with a bold vision because our citizens understand: we will never capture the future while attempting to relive the past. Stand with me, and as your next representative, I will deliver for you!

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