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Former Lee County school board member running for Congress

Congressman Sanford Bishop, left, and Greg Duke.

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.

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waltspecht 1 year, 1 month ago

Good Luck, the key is going to be getting the Voters to the vote. Bishop's people have a financial stake in getting him re-elected, and that is a difficult thing to beat when most folks only complain and don't vote.

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oldster 1 year, 1 month ago

Sanford Bishop is a nice guy, but his position on some key issues has been something I can't support, I haven't voted for him in nearly a decade because of it. As I recall Mr. Bishop was one of the representatives to hop on board the Obama train and vote for the Obama health care bill, a bill I think this country will come to regret. I wish Mr. Duke well, but you can't underestimate someone who has been there for two decades.

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VSU 1 year, 1 month ago

Sorry to say this, but he is wasting his time. Too many welfare voters in the district. When welfare voters outnumber the working class taxpayers, you are going to lose everytime. It was proven last election and the election before that.

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Sherri 1 year, 1 month ago

Wow, "too many welfare voters......." That sounds prejudicial/racist

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Jacob 1 year, 1 month ago

calling out farmers is racist?!

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Somebody 1 year, 1 month ago

Sounds like the truth to me.

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LD 1 year, 1 month ago

Are you saying all people on welfare are black?

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oldster 1 year, 1 month ago

I don't think the squawker said anything like that, however YOU are the one who brought it up.

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VSU 1 year, 1 month ago

Hey Sherri, nobody mentioned race except you. So you are saying all welfare people are black? What about the farmers? Sounds to me your comments are racist and prejudicial.

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ScubaGolfJim 1 year, 1 month ago

Considering the "normal" tone of the remarks here, I don't think it takes too much effort for Sherri to read between the lines. You're just too embarrassed to admit it.

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VSU 1 year, 1 month ago

Or maybe people like you and Sherri are ones that just jump to conclusions in your own prejudicial minds. I am not embarrassed to admit anything. I always say if the shoe fits wear it. Bottom line is nobody mentioned anything about race until She brought it up. That makes her just as judgmental as anybody else, that includes you.

I merely stated too many welfare voters. That includes farmers, and maybe even corporate businesses and people on welfare comes in all colors. I did not say anything about too many black voters in the district, but someone else just felt in their own prejudicial mind that it was a racist remark when the fact remains, race was not even mentioned.

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Somebody 1 year, 1 month ago

People just hear what they want to hear so they can cry foul and point the finger at someone else...like a true democrat. It's always the other person.

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dingleberry 1 year, 1 month ago

Amazing how press articles on Bishop keep trying to put lipstick on the pig. But we have plenty of pigs that are voters for him so perhaps rhat explains it.

Mike Keown would have beat Bishop if folks had turned out to vote. Unfortunately, he was still an unknown to many in the district right up to the election, he never made a personal connection with many of the people. A nice person, he could connect with small groups and individuals but in larger settings it simply didn't happen. And the emphasis on TV ads and excessive time spent fund raising to support those ads didn't pay off.

There has to be a connection with the candidate, a reason to get out and work for him and to get out and vote for him. House didn't make the connection either, much to my surprise.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 1 month ago

This may be a good year to come up and upseat Bishop. Democrats will also be hit with the Obamacare increase and Medicare. When is not paying crap and it is only going to get worse. It may be a sure fire way to get a Republican to win. Many folks are glued to CNN and that crap they feed them everyday, but I hope they will have a fire lit under them when their pocketbooks are smaller. Newsfolks do not have to worry, similar to Congress. They think they are entitled like Hollywood, shallow thinking on their part and it is definitely a weakness to be played on. Good luck.

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 1 month ago

Good luck, Greg. You have my vote! You've got to convince the welfare folks and the farmers that you are the man for the job.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 1 month ago

Greg Duke: " . . . to steer America’s ship back on course . . ." O Lord another republican who wants to steer a ship. Capt. Eddie move over. Oh, I wonder if Capt. Eddie's got that tax ship turned around or HS Phoebe?

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ScubaGolfJim 1 year, 1 month ago

When someone quotes their religious affiliations as their qualifications they do not deserve to be in political office. When someone says, which he is basically saying, that "god told me to run" s/he should not be in public office. - - For all of you complaining about Congressman Bishop voting for the Affordable Care Act, ever wonder why, of the twenty-three industrialized nations, only one, the US, does not have a form of universal health care. Only in the US will a person go bankrupt because of medical care. In 2000 the World Health Organization ranked the US as having the thirty-eighth best health care system. While also spending the most on health care. Some complained that if you took out the homicides, accidents, poor diet, and lack of exercise and the US life expectancy rate was much better. You'd get a greater increase of life expectancy with preventative health care. Many people can't afford to go to a Doctor at the first signs of a health problem. They have to wait until it's at such a stage that they HAVE to go. Then it's too late to do something, or much more expensive. - - If your 'savior' Duke were a true follower of "christ" then he would have voted for the ACA if he had been there. Why? Because that's what jesus would have done. But he would have made it FREE Health Care For All. Unless, that is, he wanted to be some kind of hypocrite like so many other 'christians.'

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 1 month ago

You say he's disqualified because of religion and then claim to know how Jesus would have voted. Sheesh

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ScubaGolfJim 1 year, 1 month ago

You don't have to be religious to read the buybull or know what it says. I was religious and believed in the sky-santa. But I grew up. - - - And why is it that the religious believe that someone who "talks to god" is only crazy if that "god" tells them to "drown (their) children in the bathtub" or some sort? Surely if your "god" can subject babies to horrific illnesses and painful deaths then he would be just as likely to tell someone to do that as to telling someone to "run for office."

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Cartman 1 year, 1 month ago

Pardon me if I disagree with virtually everything you stated.

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ScubaGolfJim 1 year, 1 month ago

Well Cartman, you can try to disagree with the health facts all you want. But you should look it up yourself and become educated on the facts, not the Faux Non-News talking points. If, however, you disagree with religion making someone qualified to hold office, you're pardoned. That is my opinion. You're entitled to yours. Jim Bakker, Jim Jones, David Koresch, Warren Jeffs, Jimmy Swaggert, Ted Haggard, and the ultimate iddy... Pat Robertson. All religious folks.

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DoctorDorite 1 year, 1 month ago

It can't happen, as already said too many welfare dependant in this district plus farmers will never support a Republican for congress despite what they say in public, they are dependant on Democrats and the farm subsidies for survival, Bishop has been very good to them so they're not going to kick him out. I predict Duke gets 35 % tops in the match.

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GG126 1 year, 1 month ago

The article clearly states that Mr. Duke is a Democrat.

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ScubaGolfJim 1 year, 1 month ago

Maybe you'd like to quote the section of the article that "clearly states" that.

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GG126 1 year, 1 month ago

Mr. Duke is a "Blue Dog Democrat" = conservative Democratic member of Congress.

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southgawreck 1 year, 1 month ago

What??? Bishop is a blue dog dem - take a look at the article. GG, what are you driving at here anyway? Is that the right picture? What?

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ScubaGolfJim 1 year, 1 month ago

Did you mean... "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." ...As QUOTED from the article. Read much GG? I'd also think that for Duke to be a "Conservative Democratic member of congress" he'd have to be in congress.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 1 month ago

No, it definitely says he is a republican - he was forced out due to Georgia Ethics Law . Incontrovertible, a republican. Oh and he's gonna steer a ship.

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gotanyfacts 1 year, 1 month ago

Read carefully Fryar. It seems you are suggesting Duke did something unethical. I'm sure we will hear the half-truth during the campaign. I believe you are above that.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 1 month ago

No it's just fun. I read where the law was changed. It doesn't matter. If Bishop isn't offered a step up the career ladder, he will be re-elected overwhelmingly. But I think it is a great idea to have opposition. I think it always produces positive results. You know this Congressional District was customized for the democrats regardless of who's running.

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DoctorDorite 1 year, 1 month ago

Regardless if he's a Democrat or Republican he will still lose by a LARGE margin in S.W Georgia

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GG126 1 year, 1 month ago

Is that the correct photo of Mr. Duke?

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