published Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Kyriakidis says he’s right man for 3rd District


by Dan Whisenhunt

Savas Kyriakidis said there’s a leadership gap in the 3rd Congressional District race and said he’s the man to fill it.

Kyriakidis, 44, said he sees the difference between moral and political choices and he’s more conservative than a Republican candidate.

Savas Kyriakidis

Party: Independent

Age: 44

Fundraising: $12,000

Prior political experience: None

Occupation: Owner of Acropolis Four Stars Grill at Hamilton Place; former U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps, currently a major serving as command judge advocate for the 20th Special Forces Group

Education: The University of the South-Sewanee, bachelors of arts with a major in British history and political science; law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law

3RD DISTRICT CANDIDATES

Republican

Chuck Fleischmann

Democrat

John Wolfe

Independents

Don Barkman, Mark DeVol, Gregory C. Goodwin, Robert Humphries, Mo Kiah, Savas T. Kyriakidis

Source: Tennessee Division of Elections

KEY DATES BOX

* Oct. 4: Last day to register to vote in November election

* Oct. 13-28: Early voting

* Nov. 2: Election Day

Source: Tennessee Division of Elections

“How many times do we get to elections and voters say, ‘Is this all we have to choose from?’” he asked. “We complain a lot that we don’t have leaders who stand up for what’s right. ... As an Army officer, I understand what it means to work for the people of the United States.”

Kyriakidis said his top issue is fiscal responsibility “dictated by the confines of the Constitution.”

“The government should not be running amok in places where it has no authority,” he said.

He said he is a born-again Christian and said that, as a business owner, he has more experience where “the dollar meets the cash register.”

He operates an African ministry called Hope Africa that sends Bibles to “impoverished people in informal settlements in the hills of South Africa.” He also serves on the board of advisers for the local Salvation Army.

Paul Wirz, one of his supporters, said the Kyriakidis family quietly has helped those less fortunate in the community for 30 years.

“They’re a dedicated family of service,” he said. “I recommend him completely.”

Contact Dan Whisenhunt at dwhisenhunt@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6481.

about Dan Whisenhunt...

Dan Whisenhunt covers Hamilton County government for the Times Free Press. A native of Mobile, Ala., Dan earned a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Alabama. He won first place for best in-depth news coverage in the 2010 Alabama Press Association contest; the FOI-First Amendment Award in the 2007 Alabama Press Association contest; first place for best public service story in the Alabama AP Managing Editors contest in 2009 for economic coverage; and ...

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fairmon said...

He is the man for the job and if enough people bother to evaluate the candidates instead of just blindly accepting party leadership advice he will be elected. It is rare to have someone this qualified willing to serve.

His military experience and contributions alone are enough to stand out from the two candidates we have to pick from. But, there is much more than that to this candidate.

He will make the 3rd district of Tennessee proud of their congressman. Included in his campaign literature is a copy of the constitution. A sign of his commitment to the principles and values of this country.

Funny name but a serious candidate that should be elected. The party candidates are trying to ignore him, they both know he is more intelligent and capable than both of them combined.

To see Major K's military service history and current assignment go to his web page by entering his name in the search block.

Visit him, ask questions. If you like what you see and hear tell as many people as possible. That is the only way we will ever see anything other than "politics as usual".

September 25, 2010 at 4:34 p.m.
moe1971 said...

Our nation is in a very precarious position right now to say the very least. If we want to remain in denial about this fact, then traditional party politics are the answer. But if we are honest and serious about the problems AND implementing viable solutions, we must break from tradition. If we always do what we've always done, we will always get what we've always gotten. If you are of like mind, then you know that some drastic measures need to be taken and taken quickly. And not just by a few for a few. It's not going to be easy to undo what years and years of party politics and political/moral apathy have done to our nation. We must lock arms and advance. But I propose that this will NEVER happen without men and women like Savas Kyriakidis in office. This great nation is in desperate need of leaders who have proven that they are willing to put their backside where their mouth is. Leaders like Major Kyriakidis who have experience leading many into uncertain, dark and dangerous times without fear or compromise while remaining focused on the mission and keeping a level head. And by the way, this experience was afforded to him after taking an oath to defend the Constitution (that many of us actually do still hold dear!) I ask you, how many candidates can put that on their resume? I only wish there were a Savas Kyriakidis running in every district of these United States.

September 25, 2010 at 8 p.m.
fairmon said...

You said it well moe1971. I wish more people would get to know the man. He is the kind of representation we need in these most difficult times.

September 25, 2010 at 10:23 p.m.
NoPolitico said...

There are more independents in the race. Check out db4tn.com.

September 26, 2010 at 11:17 p.m.
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