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Stark contrast between candidates in Ga. Congressional District 1 race

Lesli Messinger, Jack Kingston Lesli Messinger, Jack Kingston

Georgia's 1st Congressional District seat is up for grabs this year. Voters will choose between Jack Kingston and Lesli Messinger.

If voters are looking for a stark contrast between candidates, they need look no further than Georgia's 1st Congressional District race. Staunch conservative incumbent Kingston faces a challenge from Ohio born political novice Democrat Messinger.

Kingston says he works as hard after nine terms as he did when first elected.

"People should know I am accessible," said Kingston. "I am in town every weekend. I come back to listen to people. As someone on the defense committee, this area has 4 military installations. I am very familiar with our military issues that not only tie into our national security but our economic engines."

He believes national security, our troops, jobs, the economy and balancing the budget are some of the major issues facing the area.

"I have been consistent with Democrats and Republicans. We need to reduce spending, yet at the same time, I have been able to work across the house," said Kingston.

Messinger says it's time for change.

"I don't have big supporters like PACS, which is key and why I am good for this district," said Messinger. "I am not powered by other people, I am powered by these people, by us."

Messinger believes her volunteer work for non-profits and political campaigns qualify her for the job. She says helping veterans, creating jobs and economic recovery are all key.

"We need jobs," said Messinger.

The district leans Republican but the addition of Democratic dominant Savannah added in redistricting will give Messinger a shot. Kingston says his ability to reach across the aisle for Southeast Georgia will help him come election day.

"I am not a career politician, that speaks wonderful and says what everyone wants to hear, but doesn't do anything. I listen," said Messinger.

"I am a hard working guy and work with folks on the other team," said Kingston.

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