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5 Republicans line up for shot at Yarmuth

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 27, 2010 at 7:30 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 27 at 2:40 AM

Here are the GOP candidates:

Commercial real estate broker and Financial Consultant Larry Hausman

UPS pilot Todd Lally

Pizza Hut franchisee Jeff Reetz 

W. Jerry Durbin of Louisville

CPA and Financial Advisor Brooks Wicker

 

Here is the latest candidate's news release:

 

Statement of Brooks Wicker, upon filing his paperwork to run for Kentucky’s Third Congressional District
 
Like many of you, I have long complained about the actions of our government but I have not done much about it, other than vote for candidates I believed held similar opinions to my own. As a matter of fact, I have avoided direct participation as I viewed the whole governmental process with distaste. But as Edmund Burke said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."  I strongly believe that evil is being done to our economy, to our system of government and to our very way of life. Now, I am not suggesting that any among our nation’s leaders are literally evil, but in the sense that our economy, our system of government, and our very way of life are being threatened every day, evil is being done to hard-working Americans and the values we hold dear. As well-intentioned as they may be, Congressional leaders and the White House are just plain wrong for the people of the Third District, and good people can no longer sit in silence while Washington continues to pick our pockets to pay for their bloated government.
 
With this in mind, and at the urging of many of my friends, family and clients, I am today announcing my candidacy for the United States House of Representatives for The Third District of Kentucky.
 
We are at a very critical juncture in our country’s history. It is my belief that we are very quickly heading down the wrong road. Our liberties are being threatened daily, not only by terrorists who would attack our very way of life, but by ill-advised and risky policies being proposed in Congress and by the White House.   It is absolutely critical that we get our spend and tax government under control. I have years of experience in running businesses and consulting with businesses on how to grow and become more profitable- this is the only way jobs are created in this country. I have never seen a business that could spend its way out of bankruptcy.
 
One critical truth is that all debt is not bad. There is good debt and there is bad debt. Good debt for business, individuals or government is debt that results in profits, growth or another desired result such as the creation of jobs. Bad debt is everything else. Most of the debt currently being taken on by the United States Government is bad debt. We are receiving absolutely no positive results from the debt we as a nation are now incurring and we are jeopardizing not only our own economy but the world’s economy as well - not to mention the standard of living for our children and the generations to come after them.
 
I truly believe that if we continue down the path we are currently on, we are in danger of destroying the middle class in this country within the next twenty years. Think about that. The middle class is where all of the production and most of the tax revenue in our country comes from. If we lose our middle class, we as a country are in extreme peril. The old soviet and communist societies were made up of a working class, where everyone was the same with no freedom and no opportunity, and an elite class. This is where we are headed with current proposals! Every country in the world is moving away from this model except the United States. Every other country, even those in Europe, is moving toward the American model. Why? Because they tried the old model and it does not work. Why would we want to go down that path when the rest of the world is telling us it does not work?
 
I believe strongly in a citizen legislature. I pledge that if elected and should the citizens of this district be willing to continue to support me in this position that I will abide by what I think should be the term limit for The US House of Representatives: 10 years.
 
I believe that one should serve a limited amount of time in elective office. Public service in elective office was not meant to be a career but a privilege.
 
I will not propose any legislation without also proposing for a means to pay for it.
 
As a CPA and Financial Advisor I know that the greatest detriment to wealth creation in this country is income taxation. The more the government takes from your paycheck the less you have to invest or to provide for your family. The more taxes levied on business the more everything costs and the lower our standard of living and the fewer jobs that will be created. It is simple economics: businesses do not pay taxes. Their customers pay the taxes. Business must either pass along tax increases, as well as other artificial costs imposed by government, to their customers or go out of business. This means that more jobs are lost or shipped overseas. I will not vote for any income tax increases.
 
Education must be one of our country’s top priorities. We can not continue to compete in the global economy if we continue to lag behind other countries in education. We are in fact losing ground to most of the rest of the world. This can not continue.
 
I will not vote for any legislation that, in my judgment, is a detriment to the economy of Kentucky, and by default the Third District, unlike our current representative who has voted against our interests time and time again. A perfect example of this history of voting against our interests is the Cap and Trade Bill that will severely damage the coal industry in Kentucky and cause the loss of thousands of jobs. It also puts the United Stated at a competitive disadvantage to most of the rest of the world who have no intention of complying with regulations of this type.
 
Business is America. I will do everything I can to promote the success and growth of small and medium size businesses. The lion’s share of employment in this country, at least 65%, comes from this segment of our economy.   Yet it seems that this is the segment that is always called upon to carry the burden of paying for all of our government initiatives. Again, businesses do not pay taxes; they pass the cost along to their customers or go out of business.
 
If you too believe in a smaller, less intrusive government that helps us prosper and move forward; a government that provides a helping hand when it is needed but, not a hand out; a government that demonstrates the strengths of America, relishes our accomplishments, and does not apologize for our success and might; a government that bows to no one but extends a hand of friendship to those who wish us no ill; a government that practices common sense government and not feel good government; a government that truly works to advance our society not one that seems to want to only pacify and control it's citizens,   I welcome your support and ask for your vote.
 
S. Brooks Wicker, Jr., CPA founded The Wicker Group in 1994 to provide one stop shopping for Business Owners’, Professionals’, Executives’ and High Net Worth Individuals’ Wealth Care needs. 
As owner and CEO of The Wicker Group, Mr. Wicker provides the following comprehensive financial services:
  • Portfolio analysis
  • Investment management
  • Professional Money Management
  • Estate planning
  • Retirement planning
  • Tax planning/preparation
  • Educational seminars
  • Business development
  • Business coaching/consulting
In addition to founding the Wicker Group, Mr. Wicker has served as controller, chief financial officer, vice president, and director in three different industries.

He successfully completed all four sections of the Uniform Certified Public Accountants Exam on his first attempt and has been certified to practice public accounting in Kentucky since 1985. Brooks is licensed by the State of Kentucky in Life and Health insurance and holds the series 7, 63 and 65 securities licenses.  He is a registered representative with HD Vest Investment ServicesSM and an Advisory Representative with HD Vest Advisory ServicesSM.  He has been selected to attend HD Vests’ Elite Academy, specialized advanced training reserved for only the top advisors in the firm, the past two years. 

Brooks received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Kentucky in December of 1981.
Mr. Wicker has been married to Lynda H. Wicker for 26 years. They have a 16 years old son, Sam, who is an avid ice hockey player for Trinity High School. Brooks and Lynda have been residents of the Third Congressional District since 1983.
Brooks served as founder and president of Lyon County Jaycees, and as a member of the Lyndon Jaycees. He has also coached several youth sports teams through the YMCA.
The Wickers are members of Christ United Methodist Church.

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