Lindsey adds name to 11th Congressional race
by Matt Shinall
Apr 23, 2013 | 1019 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ed Lindsey talks in the news office of The Daily Tribune News about seeking the Republican nomination for the 11th Congressional District that includes Bartow County. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Ed Lindsey talks in the news office of The Daily Tribune News about seeking the Republican nomination for the 11th Congressional District that includes Bartow County. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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State Rep. Edward Lindsey made his first trip to Cartersville last week since announcing his candidacy for Georgia’s 11th Congressional District.

Lindsey’s entrance to the race was the second formal announcement behind that of former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr and about a week ahead of State Sen. Barry Loudermilk’s announcement made Saturday at the Republican Party District meeting.

The seat held by U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey will be vacated due to his candidacy for the open Senate seat of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss who announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election in 2014.

Describing the state of current events as a “crossroads” for America, Lindsey points to economic issues as the nation’s biggest threats, including jobs and the national debt.

“The primary issues right now are economics and jobs, and we desperately need someone up in Washington who has a strong record of a problem solver and a conservative reformer. We have too many folks in Washington who want to step back and at 30,000 feet throw bombs. We need more folks with experience rolling up their sleeves and getting their hands dirty,” Lindsey said. “There is a burden to governing, and in order to advance conservative principals, we have to engage. We can’t simply stand back and say ‘no.’ We have to come up with good, strong conservative pieces of legislation and principals. The No. 1 crises right now in our society is obviously the ever-increasing debt that our nation suffers under. The solution to that is fairly straight forward, but it’s going to be hard.”

Lindsey has served in the state House since 2004 and has since been named to a number of committees and leadership positions, including vice chair of the Judiciary Committee and chair of the Education Appropriations Committee. In 2009, Lindsey was named to one of the highest leadership roles in the lower chamber, House Majority Whip.

“It’s the fourth highest leadership position in the House,” he said of the House Majority Whip. “Basically, my job is to develop the caucus legislative agenda, to educate my caucus on the issues before us and to help shepherd through the House and Senate our legislative agenda. Since coming into the House, I have helped shepherd through the House as sponsor, co-sponsor or as majority whip over 35 major pieces of legislation that have touched on just about every aspect of life in Georgia. First and foremost, as member of the House leadership dealing with appropriations and making sure we keep a balanced budget in Georgia, which has been very tough over the last four or five years in particular.”

Among the legislation Lindsey specifically cited were measures to reduce fraud and waste in government as well as increasing transparency, bills protecting Georgia’s water supplies, strengthening the state’s right-to-work legislation and toughening criminal sanctions against those involved in human trafficking or elder abuse.

From his time in the state legislature, Lindsey feels he has gained the attributes necessary for the next representative of Georgia’s 11th District.

“I have the experience of being in leadership, governing under conservative reform principals and I have a track record as a problem solver,” Lindsey said. “We need someone who understands that a legislator needs to have the backbone and knowledge and commitment to do on any given issue one of three things: one, if necessary, fight; two, if possible, negotiate; and No. 3, know where to draw a line in negotiations and say no and walk away.”

Outside his experience under the gold dome, Lindsey also has been a small business owner since 1990 when he and three friends began a small law firm, Goodman, McGuffey, Lindsey & Johnson. Primarily serving at the defense of businesses and individuals in lawsuit cases, Lindsey’s firm has since grown to employ nearly 80 people.

Lindsey has been married to his wife Elizabeth for 25 years and they have three sons, Harman, Charlie and Zach. Lindsey resides in the Atlanta community of Buckhead, which he represents at the state level along with the city of Sandy Springs in House District 54.

For more information, email edwardlindsey14@aol.com or find his campaign on social media by searching for him on Facebook or following @edlindsey14 on Twitter.

Read future editions of The Daily Tribune News for an upcoming interview with State Sen. Barry Loudermilk later this week.