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Mangham doctor running for Congress

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RAYVILLE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The campaign trail for the fifth congressional district is heating up and a doctor from Richland Parish is running on a platform of health care reform and term limits.

Continuing our candidate profiles, we sat down with Ralph Abraham to hear his vision for the Fifth Congressional District.

Abraham has never held a political office. He said elected officials should make a difference, not make a career. And if elected to congress, Abraham wants to establish term limits.

"I think that restores trust in the voters. Everybody is on the same playing field. You don't have any career politicians,” Abraham said.

A physician by trade, Abraham is opposed to the affordable Healthcare Act.

"We need to get a system where everybody has affordable healthcare. The premiums now are so high nobody can afford them," Abraham said.  

Abraham believes veterans should receive privatized healthcare.

"I've had patients in this district and in my clinic that have literally died waiting to get a doctor in the veteran's hospital system. That is not acceptable in any body's mind," Abraham said.  

Abraham said one of his top priorities is to better the district's top industry, agriculture.

"This community is huge. We need someone who can bring jobs to agriculture and other businesses. We've got to get some jobs in this area. We are a poor district and we need to change that," Abraham said.    

Abraham also said, If elected he will not accept his salary. But if legally required, he said he will donate his pay check to charity. He said to serve the American people is a privilege.

Four other candidates have also announced their plans to run for the Fifth Congressional District seat. Harris Brown of Monroe, Zach Dasher of Calhoun, Clay Grant of Boyce and Ed Tarpley of Alexandria are all running. 
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