Air Force veteran joins race for District 7
June 06, 2019
Brian Paglia, Forsyth County News
Ben Bullock left the business world to join the Air Force partly because of the stories his grandfather told him about serving in World War II and partly because his sister lived in lower Manhattan during 9/11. It sparked a 10-year career in the Air Force Reserves in counterintelligence, some of which he spent working in the Joint Chiefs of Staff office at the Pentagon.
During his time around Capitol Hill, Bullock found himself disappointed by the amount of military knowledge among lawmakers.
“We need good military leaders in Congress,” Bullock told the Forsyth County News.
Bullock said national security will be one of the pillars of his campaign for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in 2020, which the Republican announced in a video on Wednesday, June 5.
Bullock has seen active duty at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, the Pentagon, an Afghanistan-Pakistan task force and most recently the U.S. Africa Command in Germany, he said. Bullock believes his military background will be valuable in Congress to helping find “a reasonable immigration solution, as well as fighting international conflicts,” he said.
Also a real estate investor, Bullock lives outside District 7, which includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. He lists his home at an Atlanta address inside the perimeter, according to paperwork filed with the Federal Election Commission. But Bullock says he plans to move inside the district soon, and his company has been involved in $250 million worth of real estate development in the area.
“What’s most important is that my values align with the district,” Bullock said, “and I firmly believe that.”
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