Vivian Childs started her congressional campaign announcement with song and dance, then ended it with a poem.
In a ceremony Monday in Byrons Welcome Center, Childs announced her candidacy for the 2nd Congressional District seat. Childs, 61, described herself as a former teacher and principal who saw a way to help.
She remains a Warner Robins resident, in the 8th Congressional District, and served as the Republicans chairwoman of the 8th. Asked why shes running for the 2nd, she said she wanted to offer her help where it was needed. The seat is now held by Sanford Bishop, an Albany Democrat, and the district includes Peach, Crawford and parts of Bibb counties.
Im not running against Sanford Bishop, Childs said. Im running for the 2nd District.
She said the specific issues of her campaign would come from the people and her biggest challenge would be raising money.
She said her smile and sit-down approach could help end gridlock in Washington, D.C. Asked her position on the Affordable Care Act, she said, I think theres a lot of work to do in a lot of areas. Asked if shed support repeal, she said, Im not there yet.
Other people danced prior to Childs introduction, but she did her own singing, and wrapped up her announcement by reading her poem, I am an American.