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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) – Republicans vying for the 2nd Congressional District seat held by Congressman Sanford Bishop met in Lee County Saturday morning.

All five candidates addressed potential voters hoping they'll get the numbers needed to win the party's nomination.

The candidates introduced themselves to a small crowd.

"Experience is not what we need, we need new blood, someone with backbone," said Rudy Adams, Congressional Candidate.

The candidates said Representative Sanford Bishop has been ineffective in Congress.

Rudy Adams, who is from Macon County, hopes he wins the Republican nomination to replace the Democratic incumbent.

"America needs to get out and recruit voters and see what they're vote for, those that will stand up for our constitution and those that would put God back in out country," said Adams.

Columbus businessman Rick Allen entered the race this week.

"President Obama said he wants to radically transform our country, I want to transform it back to the original constitution, heritage, and tradition of the founding fathers," said Allen.

Voters had the chance to ask questions and each candidate was given a chance to respond.

Candidate Bobby Brown is from Thomasville.

"We need to create jobs in research and development such as alternative sources of fuel and energy," said Brown.

Former Air Force Sergeant Lee Ferrell ran against Bishop in 2008 and received 36 percent of the vote. He says he's ready to challenge him again.

"I support effective and assertive foreign policy, limited and efficient government, traditional values, physical effectiveness, and low taxes," said Ferrell.

State Representative Mike Keown says he will stand up for his constituents and has a record to prove it.

"In the six years I've served in the Georgia legislature and House of Representatives I've done just that. I can guarantee you when I go to Washington I will not sell my soul to the devil, or Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid or Barack Obama," said Rep. Mike Keown, congressional candidate.

Keown says he's willing to support whoever is nominated.

The informal forum was hosted by the Lee County Republican Party.

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