WILMINGTON -- Thursday Republican Will Breazeale announced his candidacy for Congress. He's the first republican to enter the race and challenge Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre. Will Breazeale knows how to get around. The commercial airline pilot and Iraq war veteran flew to every county in the seventh district Thursday to announce his candidacy for congress. Breazeale said, "I'm excited that this campaign will give people a viable choice based on experience, based on action and based on good conservative values that I feel reflect district seven." Breazeale began campaigning at eight a.m. near his home in Bladen County. He finished around six p.m. in Wilmington, where he was greeted by supporters. Wilmington resident Pat Baumgarten said, "He has served our community by fighting and not being afraid, and I just believe he's a good man." At each stop the congressional candidate met with voters and discussed his views on what he believes are top issues, including the war in Iraq, taxes and immigration. "No amnesty, no amnesty," Breazeale said. Breazeale earned a bronze star medal for service in Iraq and Kuwait. He's never served in public office, but says he's prepared for the job. Breazeale said, "I know from being an airline pilot that if i make the wrong decision there is no second chance sometimes -- same for congress. We have to make informed decisions based on experience." Breazeale also supports the withdrawal of only some US troops from Iraq. He also says he is committed to finding a new tax system that is fair and simple.
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