NGwinnett.com invited candidates to complete a questionnaire outlining their goals and reasons for seeking office. The responses by participating candidates are presented unedited and in their entirety.
Thomas Wight (D), candidate for U.S. Congress, 7th District
Campaign website: ThomasWight.com
Campaign Facebook page: Thomas Wight for Congress
Campaign Twitter account: @Wight_Thomas
NGwinnett: What is the primary reason you decided to run for office?
Wight: Partisan politics are destroying America. I am a fiscally responsible, moderate, Democrat. We need a fiscally responsible moderate in Washington.
NGwinnett: What three issues do you believe are most important to the constituents in your district and why?
Wight: Prosperity: Only well paying jobs results in real prosperity. We do not have, nor do we create, enough business opportunities and well paying jobs.
Responsibility: We need to be responsible to and for each other. We need to behave responsibly toward our precious environment and natural resources.
Opportunity: Only jobs bring prosperity. Every American deserves the opportunity for prosperity.
NGwinnett: If elected, what do you hope to accomplish in the next term?
Wight: In Congress I will focus on providing everyone equal opportunity for a well paying job. I will reach out to everyone, Democrats and Republicans. I plan to build bridges.
NGwinnett: If you could only tell voters one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Wight: Last year I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. Somewhere between Mexico and Canada I learned that the only way to accomplish something great is to attempt the impossible. I believe that the dysfunction in Congress will eventually destroy America. I think changing the conversation in Washington from confrontation based on ideology to dialog designed reach consensus, or at least compromise, would be a great thing. The only way for me to affect that change is to attempt the impossible. Consequently, I am running for Congress.
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