Lou Ann Zelenik announces for Congress

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Lou Ann Zelenik
Lou Ann Zelenik today announced she has filed the necessary documents with the Federal Election Commission to formally enter the race for Congress in Tennessee’s Sixth District.

Zelenik, a small business owner for more than twenty years and current chairman of the Rutherford County Republican Party, will seek the party’s nomination to oppose Congressman Bart Gordon in November of 2010. She enters the race with a pledge to provide representation that reflects the growing conservative views of the Sixth District.

“In his twenty-five years in Congress, Bart Gordon has steadily moved away from the views of this district,” Zelenik said. “As Middle Tennessee has embraced a more conservative philosophy, he has become an increasingly reliable vote for the liberal leadership in Congress. Tennesseans have said we are looking for someone who stands with us. Congressman Gordon has shown he prefers to stand with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.”

Zelenik co-founded L&N Construction in 1985 and closed the successful business in 2007. In announcing her bid, she emphasized her understanding of the impact government policy has on small business and job creation in a faltering economy. “I understand priorities. I understand that families and businesses must live within our means but Congress spends our money at an unprecedented rate. Bart Gordon’s ‘stimulus’ package was sold to the people as necessary to keep unemployment under eight percent. Today it stands near ten percent. His vote to force a ‘Cap and Trade’ energy tax on families in the Sixth District threatens to kill more jobs when government should be on the side of working Tennesseans. His decision to support government-run health care runs counter to the values of Tennesseans. Bart Gordon’s addictions to the perks and privilege of the Washington lifestyle have made him a loyal supporter of Nancy Pelosi and her leftist agenda.”

Zelenik pledged to return representation to the Sixth District that hears the voices of Tennesseans and stands up for their values. “We understand that lower taxes create more economic opportunity. We understand that government policy should be driven by the interests of the people, not the political action committees. I will work to put the government back on the side of working families and give Tennesseans a voice in Washington. I enter this race knowing it will be difficult. Bart Gordon will be well financed by special interests. He will have the backing of ACORN and liberal national groups who don’t care about Tennessee. But our children’s future is worth the fight and I am ready to get to work. I ask the voters of the Sixth District to join me in this cause.”

Zelenik is the mother of one daughter. She is a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering and attends World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Members Opinions:
October 05, 2009 at 3:32pm
Great news! She has my vote. It's time for Bart Gordon to retire.
October 05, 2009 at 3:49pm
October 05, 2009 at 4:16pm
Gordon has been in Washington far too long. He hs become unresponsive and patronizing to the citizens of the 6th District. I am frankly tired of his misrepresentations and his partisan regard for party over the eople of the dstrict. 25 years on the public nickel is long enough.
October 06, 2009 at 7:31am
Bye Bye Bart, time for you to go. Maybe Nancy can give you a job in good ol San Fran.
November 14, 2009 at 10:13pm
Bart Gordon listens to constituents...he's stood up to the VA on behalf of vets when they wanted to close York, he's four-laned I_24, helped retrieve Smyrna Airport from Nashville, Greenways throughout Rutherford County...he'll continue to get my family's vote.....having this native son in Washington is a blessing...
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