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May 16, 2014

Candidate profile:Herron seeks term limits, balanced budget

— During the last few months, Ken Herron says he has driven more than 4,300 miles, appeared at 81 events, delivered speeches at 60 of those events and personally written more than 600 letters to voters in his quest to become Georgia’s 14th District congressional representative.

He faces incumbent Rep. Tom Graves of Ranger in Tuesday’s Republican primary. No Democrats qualified. The district includes all of Whitfield and Murray counties.

“I was active in the tea party in Calhoun when he (Graves) first ran four years ago, and I wrote a column for the Calhoun Times supporting him,” Herron said. “But I haven’t been happy with his performance. I don’t think he’s been effective in supporting the issues that the tea party supports.”

Herron said that he has a few key issues he will support if he is elected.

“I’d like to see term limits on Congress, and the people I’ve spoken to say they’d like to see that as well,” he said. “I will not become a career politician.”

This is Herron’s second run for elected office. He says he made an unsuccessful run for the state House of Representatives in the 1980s.

Herron said he doesn’t think anyone should serve more than eight to 12 years in the House of Representatives, four to six terms, or more than 12 years in the Senate, or two terms.

“We need to stop people from staying there forever and building up power,” he said.

Herron said he’d also like to see the Constitution amended to require Congress to balance the federal budget during the next 10 years and to maintain a balanced budget after that. The federal government has run a deficit every year since 2001 and in 40 of the last 44 years.

“We can’t continue to spend money we don’t have,” Herron said.

Herron would also like the government to require “country of origin” labels on food.

“Right now, if I pick up a can of vegetables I can see who imported it, but I can’t see where they imported it from,” he said. “Places like China and Vietnam are big sources of food for us, and I’d kind of like to know if the food I’m eating came from China. I’d prefer to buy American, but without labels you don’t know where it came from.”

Herron, 76, was born in North Carolina and moved to Georgia with his family when he was 12. He earned a bachelor’s degree in textiles from Georgia Tech. After graduating from college, he worked for about a year for a yarn company before entering the carpet industry. He spent the rest of his working career as an executive or consultant to several carpet companies. His work took him around the globe from Canada to Saudi Arabia to Dubai to India to the United Arab Emirates to Egypt.

“I created products, assisted in marketing and sales, and solved management and manufacturing problems in each of these locations,” he said.

Herron and his wife Rachel have been married for 56 years and live in Calhoun. They have one adult son, Kenny Jr.

To find out more about Herron, go to www.herronforcongress.com/index.html.

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