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Yu Explains Switch from Senate to Congress Race

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Augusta, GA - An Evans businessman who dropped out of the U.S. Senate race to run for a Congressional seat is speaking out about why he made the switch.  Eugene Yu traveled the peach state for eight months.  He said after speaking with people in all four corners and hearing the work they wanted to be done he simply decided his energy was best suited in building the place he's called home for four decades.

Yu said, “I must take care of my home, my home district, before I do anything else.  So, that's why I'm entering the 12th district.”

You've seen the signs.  Eugene Yu – U.S. Senate.  Now, U.S. Congress.  The Korean American said after an eight month crusade across the state of Georgia on the U.S. Senate ticket, he realized the myriad of Georgians and their issues did not outweigh the needs he saw at home.  So, Yu entered the 12th district Congressional race in hopes of changing the area's economic status. 

“Blue collar and high tech manufacturing jobs.  I'm focusing.  I want to bring those jobs back that we lost so many years ago to overseas.  I want to bring those jobs back,” Yu said


Yu relocated to Richmond County from South Korea as a teenager and later served in the U.S. Army and locally as a Richmond County firefighter and Sheriff's Deputy.  As a small business owner, refurbishing military vehicles, he said he has the financial fortitude to bring fresh ideas to Washington.

“Our nation [is in] 17 trillion dollars national debt, but yet we still try to help other countries,” Yu said in an attempt to understand lawmakers’ foreign giving.

News Channel Six’s Renetta DuBose asked Yu about his recent campaign contribution return. During his bid, he accepted 54 thousand dollars from an Augusta businessman. That amount exceeds the federal cap on single donors, which forced Yu to refund the money.

“In your campaign for Senate, you returned 50 thousand dollars.  Talk a little bit about what that was from or why that took place,” DuBose said.

“I was not involved in any money issue, however, internally we discovered it, we fixed it, we refunded, we notified FEC [Federal Election Commission] quite some time ago,” Yu said.

Yu is making an attempt to unseat current U.S. Congressman John Barrow.  If elected, he said his plan is to be proactive in courting businesses to the CSRA. 

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