On April 28, 2008 , at the Georgia State Capitol, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) qualified to seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Georgia ’s 5 th Congressional District.
“I am more than pleased to qualify to seek the Democratic nomination for re-election as the U.S. Representative of Georgia ’s 5 th Congressional District. The people of the 5 th district have been very supportive and have been very good to me. When I first ran a few years ago, I said then and I say again today, no one will ever outwork me during the campaign or doing my job in Congress. I will try to touch every area of this district. I will not take any area or individual voter for granted.
The campaign kick-off will take place on Monday, May 12, 2008 from 4pm to 7pm at Campaign Headquarters located at 471 Nelson Street SW, Atlanta, Georgia. In response to challengers, Lewis stated, “I am going to run the most aggressive campaign I have been able to run during the past few years. I take all challengers seriously. No one is going to outwork me. No one is going to out campaign me. People talk about change. I am change. I will continue to represent all of the people of this district and fight for their concerns and fight for their needs.”
Widely recognized as an icon of the Civil Rights Movement and one the most influential progressive voices in Washington , Rep. Lewis is working to address the basic human needs of all the citizens of his district.
Of the work ahead in Congress, Rep. Lewis said, “We have a lot of problems in America . There is a lot of work to be done. We must end the war in Iraq and find a way to bring our young men and women home. We must get our economy in order. The price at the pump is too high. Many individuals and families are losing their homes. We must continue to fight to have clean air and a continued supply of fresh water. It is not a struggle that lasts a year or a single term, but an ongoing struggle to fulfill the needs of the people of the 5 th District.”