District 2 House Republican candidate John House, pictured with his wife, Marilyn, will face opponent Rick Allen Aug. 21 in a runoff for the right to face veteran Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop in November’s general election.
ALBANY, Ga. -- Since announcing his run for the Republican Second Congressional District House of Representatives nomination, John House has worn out a pair of shoes and pressed a lot of flesh.
“The Second District is a very large place with a very diverse population,” said House. “It has urban areas, large rural areas and is filled with businesses, the military and agriculture. I’ve met a lot of people and have really enjoyed myself.”
House, a retired Army colonel, teacher and writer, will meet Rick Allen in the GOP runoff on Aug. 21 with the winner earning the right to attempt to unseat veteran Democratic congressman U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop.
Allen won the GOP primary last month with 42 percent of the vote, House was second at 32 percent and Ken DeLoach was third with 26 percent.
During his travels throughout the district, House said he listened as person after person pointed to jobs as their primary concern.
“The district has been hit hard by the economy,” said House. “Every area has lost industry. Agriculture is still doing OK, but many people are feeling hopeless right now.”
House pointed out that while both he and Allen are conservatives, there is still a big different between the two men.
"Take a close look at the two of us. My experience comes from 26 years in the Army. My leadership is better than Rick's. I have managed budgets and worked with very diverse groups of people. Rick lacks this experience. Because of my military service, I have global experience that Rick doesn't have; he lacks understanding at the military level."
After the primary, DeLoach endorsed Allen, but said he was not shocked by that.
"Ken's endorsement of Rick came as no surprise," House said. "In fact I think it helped energize many of our supporters. We will continue to work hard like we have before. We'll hit Bibb, Crisp, Dooly and Crawford counties and push harder in Lee. We also plan on pushing farther south in the Cairo and Bainbridge areas."
When asked what it will take for him to beat Allen in the runoff , House smiled and replied matter-of-factly, "We need to motivate our supporters to get out and vote for me, and we need 50 percent plus one."