Written by David Shivers
After emerging victorious from the August 21 primary run-off, Republican congressional candidate John House of Columbus brought his campaign for the Second District seat to Albany on August 27. House defeated Rick Allen of Columbus for the GOP nomination.
Accompanied by his wife Marilyn and one of his four daughters, House appeared before the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County to make his case for election to the House seat occupied by longtime Democratic incumbent Sanford Bishop, who is running for re-election.
House never mentioned his opponent by name during his Kiwanis remarks, sticking to his conservative bonafides. He said he likes the idea of lower taxes and thinks there need to be more jobs created. No matter who he has talked to during his campaign, he said, and no matter what field (agricultural, industrial, etc.), the number one complaint has been virtually the same: too much government regulation.
House cited his endorsements by Georgia Right to Life and state Republican icon Bo Callaway, as well as Iraq Veterans for Congress.
If elected, he said, “I intend to attack regulation as best I can” to relieve excess burden on businesses. He also added, “I believe reducing income taxes will help businesses come back (from overseas) and help those that are here to not leave.”
Asked about the Affordable Care Act – often referred to derisively as “Obamacare” – House said he likes some parts of it, but the legislation is so complex he thinks the only solution is to repeal it completely and start all over again.
House has three granddaughters, and he cited them as his motivation for running for Congress. Concerned about the state of the country, he wants a better nation for them “when they reach the age I am now.” Faced with that he described as a choice between getting involved or sitting back and doing nothing, he decided to get into the race.
House retired from the U.S. Army after 26 years of service and now owns a small business as a planning and research consultant for the defense industry. As a veteran he knows what it means to send someone to war, he said, as well as being a military father; his youngest daughter is an Army 2nd lieutenant with an upcoming overseas assignment.
House is also a part-time university instructor and a free-lance writer, scripting a weekly column in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
House said he believes it is important to stay in touch with the public, and if elected, “I want to come back and get out and see people” and “to find out what’s going on.” His intention, he added, is to “put even more miles on that old Suburban” that has carried him to all parts of the Second District during his campaign.