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Democrats hear from political hopefuls

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By: Jim Dean

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CUMMING — Forsyth County Democrats heard from two candidates for national office during a meeting Tuesday night.

David Vogel is seeking the U.S. House seat in District 9, which includes north Forsyth, while Steen Miles is a U.S. Senate hopeful. The party primary election is on May 20.

Vogel, who lives in the northeast Georgia town of Hull, said wealth inequality is the biggest economic problem facing America and should be the main issue for Democrats to push at the federal level.

The wealthiest Americans pay about a quarter of the taxes they did in the 1950s, according to Vogel. Despite the popular belief that the nation’s wealthiest are also job creators, it’s just the opposite.

“It’s demand for products that creates jobs,” he said.

In addition to bridging the gap between the poor and wealthy, Vogel said he would push to make university education affordable again and fight to keep and improve Social Security and Medicare.

Those priorities were high on the list of Miles, a former state senator and journalist.

Miles, a DeKalb County resident, said she’s running for the seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss for three reasons — to “bring a moral vision to Washington ... to bridge the economic, political and racial divide that prohibits our growth” and to give Democrats a choice in candidates.

Her platform is for “equality and fairness and opportunity for all.” Her priorities include immigration reform, including a path to citizenship, improving veterans’ benefits and protections and restoring the voting rights act.

She also wants to strengthen environmental protection and prison reform and continue the Affordable Care Act.

The health act, known as Obamacare, has “some tweaks that need to be done,” but it’s worth building upon.

“I am you,” she said. “All I’m asking you to do is to trust me to send me to Washington to be your voice — to be our voice.”