Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Press Release: Gillespie wins more votes than Kingston in First District Primary elections

TYBEE ISLAND, Ga. (July 18, 2008) – First Congressional District Democratic candidate Bill Gillespie of Chatham County has won more votes in his primary election than incumbent Republican Jack Kingston.

With 97 percent of the precincts reporting, challenger Gillespie has received 32,734 votes in the Democratic Primary while incumbent Jack Kingston has only 32,430 votes in the Republican Primary. Click Here For Official Results.

The 32,734 votes Gillespie received in the 2008 Democratic Primary is 12,000 more votes than Democratic nominee Jim Nelson (20,722 votes) received in the last primary in 2006. (See page 6)

Gillespie, a retired Lt. Colonel who served with the Third Infantry Division and earned a Bronze Star in Iraq, launched his candidacy for Congress in October 2007. Since then, he has traveled throughout southeast Georgia talking with citizens and building a campaign organization.

“The results of the primary election show that Democratic support for my campaign is very strong and that the Democratic Party is alive and well in southeast Georgia,” said the 44-year-old Gillespie, who has launched a website,

Gillespie also said he believes his background, message and vision for southeast Georgia will appeal to General Election voters too, no matter if they’re Democrat, Republican or independent.

“People are frustrated that Washington and its insiders are not meeting the important challenges of our time,” Gillespie said. “I understand how to lead southeast Georgia to prosperity in the global economy and to safety in an unstable world. I pledge to offer strong leadership that puts people first.”

Gillespie says his 23-year Army career, including time in Iraq as the Third Infantry Division’s Senior Logistician, prepared him well to be a Congressman who can defend America from terrorism and lead the United States toward winning the peace in Iraq.

His top domestic issue is creating the South Georgia Alternative Energy Initiative, making the region the center of American research and production of agri-fuel, solar, wind, methane and other alternative energies. “This initiative will bring high-paying jobs to southeast Georgia, which we desperately need,” Gillespie said.

Gillespie’s other top issues include: stopping illegal immigration, reforming the healthcare and insurance industries, improving benefits for veterans, lowering taxes for families and small businesses, repealing the No Child Left Behind Act, balancing the federal budget, and promoting ‘sustainable development.’

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