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Candidate offers leadership by example

Staff writer

Marck Cobb, R-Galva, 1st Congressional District candidate, says the federal government needs to reel in spending, and he is trying to lead by example with his campaign.

Cobb said he isn’t spending extravagantly on his campaign, focusing instead on visiting the 69 counties in the district.

Cobb says he and the other candidates in the Republican primary generally agree on a need for limited government and low taxes.

“We’re all in agreement on the issues,” he said.

He said health care reform was rushed without enough consideration for cost. He thinks more can be accomplished by amending the bill than trying to repeal it. Cobb thinks the government should do more to enforce existing immigration laws.

He said he has not accepted campaign contributions from outside the 1st District, because he wants his responsibility to be solely to the voters in the district.

Cobb graduated from the Air Force Academy and served in the Air Force for 20 years. In that time he flew 143 combat missions in southeast Asia.

Following his time in the Air Force, he earned a master’s degree in national security affairs. He worked in the Soviet Union from 1980 to 1982 as an assistant air attaché. During that time he helped negotiate a treaty regarding flights supporting the American embassy.

He completed law school at Washburn University and worked 20 years as an attorney.

Cobb is passionate about chess, saying it helps people learn to think. He coached Canton-Galva’s chess team for 10 years and is president of the Anatoly Karpov Chess School in Lindsborg.

He said he has raised more money for the chess school than he has for his campaign.

Cobb authored a book about people who inspired him, titled “Uncommon Sense,” published in 2010. His Web site is www.cobbforcongress.net.

The Republican primary will be August 3.

Last modified May 12, 2010

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