Feb. 7—ANDERSON — Local resident Larry Savage Jr. is running for the Republican Party nomination for Congress on a common man platform.
He is one of 11 candidates, including incumbent Victoria Spartz, seeking the 5th District nomination in the May 7 primary. Last year, Spartz said she would not run for reelection, but this week she announced that she had changed her mind.
Savage, 50, works as a property manager and lives in Anderson. He previously lived in Alexandria, where he ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2019.
He lost a bid for a GOP nomination for an at-large seat on the Anderson City Council in 2023 and was recently appointed to the Anderson Redevelopment Commission.
"With Victoria (Spartz) first dropping out, I decided to seek the nomination," Savage said. "I've been thinking about it a long time.
"After running for the city council, I thought it was a good time to go for it. With it being a national office, I thought I could help the district and the entire state."
Savage said he is a supporter of former Republican President Donald Trump, who is again seeking the nomination for the nation's highest office.
"There were times I wished he wouldn't have said some things," Savage said. "But I support his policies."
The United States should stop worrying about so much what is taking place in the rest of the world, he said.
"We're spending money on a war in the Ukraine," Savage pointed out. "We need to help people in this country instead of sending money to foreign countries."
Savage wants to see new border security policies implemented and help Americans pay for medical care.
He would like to see gas and food prices reduced, as well.
"I feel the pain of the people because of the high prices," Savage said. "I feel the pain, and I'm tired of it. Gas and food prices have to come down."
He plans to wage a grassroots campaign, going door to door and trying to raise funds.
"I want to get my name out," Savage said. "People should vote for me because I'm one of them."
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