Congressman Sanford Bishop, left, and Greg Duke.
LEESBURG, Ga. — A former Lee County School Board member will once again thrust himself into the limelight; this time running against a longtime Albany congressman for his post.
In an e-mail to the Herald, Greg Duke said that he felt drawn into the race after a series of sermons prompted him to question the direction in which the country is moving.
Duke said that he has considered running for Congress for the past six years, but a series of sermons during October at his church made him recognize that he needed to step up and do his part to steer America’s ship back on course to the principles that were the foundation of this great country.
“After getting down on his knees and talking to God, he realized that now was the time to announce his candidacy and take his message to the people,” the news release reads.
Duke served on the Lee County Board of Education from 2000 to 2012 when he was forced out due to changes in a Georgia Ethics Law that prohibited anyone from holding public office if their spouse or immediate relative worked in a leadership position influenced by that position. Duke’s wife is an administrator in the Lee County School System.
He is a member of First Baptist Albany where he is director of the Adult 8 Sunday School Department, sings in the choir, and serves on the Camp Hawkins ministry team. As a licensed optician, Greg has worked throughout the district in vision centers in Americus, Columbus and Macon. He currently manages the Sears Optical located in Albany Mall.
Duke faces formidable opposition in incumbent Congressman Sanford Bishop, D-Albany. Currently in his eleventh term in the U.S. House, Bishop is currently the top Democrat on the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee and serves on the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee and the Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee.
Bishop is a member of the fiscally-conservative Blue Dog Democrats and currently has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, one of the few Democrats who can boast such a rating.
Bishop, however, has received criticism from conservatives in the district because of his support of President Barack Obama’s health care reform package.
The 2nd Congressional District covers 30 Southwest and Central Georgia counties including Baker, Bibb (in part), Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Clay, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Grady, Lee, Macon, Marion, Miller, Mitchell, Muscogee (in part), Peach, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Terrell and Webster.