Congressional candidate visits Bainbridge




Greg P. Duke is an optician from Leesburg, Ga. running for U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District of Georgia, as a Republican candidate
Greg P. Duke is an optician from Leesburg, Ga. running for U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District of Georgia, as a Republican candidate
Greg P. Duke is an optician from Leesburg, Ga. running for U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District of Georgia, as a Republican candidate

Greg Duke, an optician from Leesburg, Ga., who is running for U.S. House of Representatives, 2nd Congressional District of Georgia, stopped by the Flint Media studios in Bainbridge on Tuesday, May 6.

Duke has served on the Lee County Board of Education for 12 years and is running for Congress as a Republican; he will face businesswoman Vivian Childs of Byron in a primary election on May 20, with the winner to challenge incumbent Democrat Sanford Bishop of Columbus.

Duke said he was inspired to run for Congress after hearing a series of messages at his church, First Baptist Church of Leesburg, back in 2012, which focused on taking personal responsibility in one’s community.

The candidate said he was concerned that the United States of America in general was going backward, both economically and constitutionally. He said that if elected, he would be a strong supporter of the 1st, 2nd and 4th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The first amendment guarantees freedom of the press and freedom of religious expression; the second amendment is the right to bear arms and the fourth amendment protects citizens against unlawful search and seizures by the government. Duke said he was alarmed by the extent that the National Security Agency spies on American citizens’ communications and would seek to curtail their actions.

Duke said that if elected, he would work on cutting federal government spending, while making sure that public schools still had adequate resources to provide quality education.

Duke has lived in Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District all his life. He served on the Lee County Board of Education between 2001-2012. He and his wife Jan currently reside in Leesburg and they have five adult children.

Interested persons may contact Mr. Duke by calling (229) 343-7642 or emailing him at gregorypduke@gmail.com . His website is http://gregduke2014.weebly.com/ , his Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/gregduke2014 and his Twitter account is http://twitter.com/@gregduke2014

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