Democrat focuses on economy
by Noreen Cochran
October 09, 2012 01:55 AM | 3092 views | 2 2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Patrick Thompson
Patrick Thompson
WOODSTOCK — Democrat Patrick Thompson, 55, of Woodstock is bringing energy to the race for Congressional District 11 — not just in the level of activity in his to-do list if elected, but also as one of the cornerstones of his platform.

His top three issues include increasing economic activity with infrastructure investment, he said.

“(I propose we) end fossil-fuel subsidies and move our country to renewable energy, smart grid and efficiency solutions that improve our security and budgets,” Thompson said.

Thompson faces a battle against incumbent Congressman Phil Gingrey of Marietta.

Thompson, who is completing a master’s of business administration degree in sustainability through Green Mountain University’s long-distance learning program, also advocates enabling consumers and business to control their own consumption decisions with smart meters and other measures.

This is Thompson’s second stab at elective office. He challenged state Sen. Chip Rogers in 2010 and garnered 20 percent of the vote.

The small business owner also has plans for health care, if elected.

“I’m defending the Affordable Care Act so we can join the rest of the industrialized nations in growing preventative and personal physician healthcare jobs,” Thompson said. “Lift the threat for consumers of being one sickness away from financial disaster or losing their home.”

The graduate of biology and psychology programs at Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Va., said he threw his hat in the ring for several reasons.

“I don’t feel represented in Washington,” Thompson said. “I seek public service as I don’t feel like we the people have a voice and we’re not getting anything accomplished towards getting our economy back on track.”

His economic plan includes “improving the atmosphere for job creation and career continuity,” according to the entrepreneur, who also works for AT&T Mobility.

“[I want to] end outsourcing and off-shoring of American jobs and capital [and] penalize those who do,” Thompson said. “Grow the medical profession to match a more preventative and primary care approach; restructure the goals of federal contracting for better use of taxpayer dollars; create a fair trade environment [and] encourage a return of American manufacturing.”

Thompson’s top three issues include education, for which he advocates “supporting and restoring education as an economic multiplier and engine for the American economy” and other measures such as workforce training through credentialed apprenticeships and an Education Worker Bill of Rights.

As of Sept. 26, the candidate’s campaign fund had $1,000 net cash on hand.
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ole man
October 10, 2012
Part of whats wrong with America is Sustainability, smart meters, school to work, Educational Worker Bill of Rights.

Glad this guy has no money. He has all the makings of a good socialist.
Just a girl
October 09, 2012
Thank God this guy only has $1,000 in his chest. He just wants to "invest" in infrastructure and more big government with OUR money.

We don't need no more stinkin Dems "looking out for" our economy. Hope is not a strategy or even a viable alternative in this loser Obamaconomy.
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