Alexander Hernandez

Occupation: Property Craftsperson

Previous experience holding elected offices: None

Alexander Hernandez.

Other community service experience: Property Craft Representative, AFL-CIO affiliate IATSE Local 44

Why should the voters choose you for this position?  

Washington is broken because both parties put moneyed and special interest before the American people.  My decision to run as an independent is to show voters that I will always put the people of Georgia’s 6th district before any special, moneyed or party interest.

Our Congress is full of career politicians and moneyed and business folks. A large reason for the dysfunction in Washington is that there are no working-class Americans in Congress.  Our campaign will show that we can send someone with working-class Christian values to Washington to represent the people, not the out-of-touch elites.

What is the biggest issue facing the district and how will you address it?

It’s the economy. Look to what has worked and our country can have upward mobility again. The way we get our economy running full steam is by following President Eisenhower’s model of the interstate. We put a lot of folks to work building and rebuilding our country. We have roads, bridges and waterway systems that need upgrading. These are projects that must get done and can be done.

If elected, I will make sure any economic and infrastructure projects focus on the people and not cronyism.  There is work to be done. Send a worker to Washington to get it done.

Tom Price, the former 6th District congressman, was a strong critic of the Affordable Care Act and is now in the Trump administration working to replace it. What is your position on the ACA and will you work with or against Price to replace it?

Our healthcare system is broken. ACA and Price’s plan are only Band-Aid solutions to the looming insurance bubble that will eventually burst and make the housing crisis look miniscule by comparison.  When the bubble does burst, it will be the American people that will carry the burden, unless we work to prevent it now.

My main concern with Mr. Price’s approach is his intention to transform Medicare into a voucher program. This is the wrong solution.  Medicare is our money. We have paid into it, and it needs to be there when folks need it.

John Ruch

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