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Barry enters Democratic primary for House seat

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Henry Clay Barry
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Henry Clay Barry of Lebanon has announced his candidacy for the Sixth District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary.

Barry has had his own legal practice in Lebanon for 31 years and has tried lawsuits in every county in the district except Bedford and Morgan counties. He describes himself as a "small-town country lawyer."

Barry is a graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy (1970), Middle Tennessee State University (1974), and Nashville School of Law (1978).

Barry says Social Security must be kept safe and solvent and pledges to vote against any cuts in the program.

He said jobs are a key concern. "There is no such thing as a jobless recovery," he stated in a news release. He says government can't restore and create the required number of jobs but must help small business do so.

He said Congress must look at all programs with an eye towards improving them and cutting costs.

"I believe we find ourselves in a great recession," he said, "and many American citizens are enduring great economic pain. At such a time, it would be wrong for our government workers to enjoy the best of times, as our citizens suffer so much. So, I believe there should be a freeze on wages for all federal employees who earn over $100,000 per year, including all members of Congress, members of the judicial branch and members of the executive branch.

"It deeply troubles me that small towns and main street seem to have become the forgotten America. That is wrong. Government seems to be ready to jump in and bail out big banks, but lets small banks fail. That's wrong. Government seems to be ready to be a safety net for big business, while record numbers of family homes and farms have been foreclosed upon and that isn't fair and no one can justify that to me."

Barry said he opposes any new gun control laws and feels that the government has been overreaching its authority and intruding upon individual constitutional rights, privacy and liberties.

He called for a simpler federal tax system and for an end to name-calling and hoping for public officials to fail.

"I have spent 31 years of my life fighting and working for citizens in this district, in its courtrooms," said Barry. "I want to take that experience to Washington to work and fight for you there, as your congressman."

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