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Pallen running for Congress

COVINGTON -- Greg Pallen, a resident of Oxford, has announced his candidacy for U.S. Congress.

Pallen, a Republican, will join Chris Vaughn and Catherine Davis on the District 4 ballot in the GOP primary on July 31. Conyers residents Lincoln Nunnally and Courtney Dillard have announced they will challenge incumbent Hank Johnson in the Democratic primary.

Pallen, 43, is the owner of Pallen Enterprises Inc. in Conyers, makers of construction fabrics, geotextiles and erosion control products.

In his first run for elective office, Pallen said he believes change is needed in the District 4 leadership.

"For too long our district has been represented by the incumbent who is more interested in his own political position rather than the needs of his district," said Pallen in a written statement. "Rather than serve the citizens of the district, our representative has served his own self-interests. That stops today. I'm running a grassroots campaign for representative because I believe that the only way to solve the problems facing our district is through an open, honest government working in close collaboration with everyone who is willing to help."

Pallen, who is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a business degree, said he has spent the last 10 or 15 years building and growing his business.

"I consider what is going on in our country at this time to be just as important as what is going on in my business," he said.

A native of Wisconsin, Pallen said he moved to Georgia when his family relocated, and he subsequently enrolled at UGA. He has lived in Oxford since 1999. His parents are also residents of Oxford.

"My home and my business are in District 4, which is why I care so passionately about my district and its people," Pallen said.

Pallen said he is ready for the challenge of a political race.

"We are going to work hard over the next three months," he said. "I declared my candidacy a little later than my competition, but my background is management, sales and marketing, so I am going to work hard to get the name out and meet a lot of different people. We are looking forward to the challenge."

Comments

henrystamm 1 year, 11 months ago

Good luck Greg! This district is run, protected and controlled by the mostly racists black racists. DeKalb County is considered a black protected district by the self appointed Racists leaders. Just like Atlanta is. Just look at the corrupt assignments of the businesses at the airport. The bright light is that there are signs that a lot of our black Americans have seen the light and are no longer blind followers as the hatful propaganda is slowly veining. To slow so. Greg you got my vote.

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Bemused 1 year, 11 months ago

Wow. I guess Forrest's mama was right. This district was drawn by mostly racist white racists this past year here in GA. If you don't like how the district lines were drawn, I suggest you take it up with the Republican leadership of the state legislature. I'm sure they really give a damn about what you think. Also, your hateful, racist rant doesn't really make any sense. We get it - you no likey the black people. Before you attempt to post again, please use spell and grammar check.

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Bemused 1 year, 11 months ago

For too long our district has been represented by the incumbent who is more interested in his own political position rather than the needs of his district," said Pallen in a written statement. "Rather than serve the citizens of the district, our representative has served his own self-interests.

Um, since you live in Oxford Mr. Pallen, that means your district has been represented by Rob Woodall and before him John LInder. I couldn't agree more with your statement of your representatives being there only to enrich themselves and those who pony up their outrageous campaign contributions.

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HonestAbe 1 year, 11 months ago

i would take John Linder to represent me any day.

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