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JUNE 21 - Insurance Commissioner Race Heats Up in Crowded Republican Field

NCPA Endorses Gerry Purcell for Georgia Insurance Commissioner

JUNE 21, 2010 - The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)announced Monday its endorsement of Gerry Purcell's candidacy for Georgia Insurance Commissioner. Purcell is one of nine Republicans on the July 20 ballot for the statewide election. Savannah has a local candidate, John Mamalakis.

A nationally recognized, leading expert in health care transparency, Purcell has been instrumental in helping local employers and state governments save millions of dollars, especially in pharmacy costs, according to John Sherrer, PD, NCPA executive committee member. Sherrer is also a pharmacy owner in Marietta.  

"NCPA is strongly endorsing Gerry Purcell to be the next Georgia Insurance Commissioner. He is in a crowded Republican field that holds its primary on July 20. Gerry has a stellar track record of bringing greater transparency to health care at the local and national levels, which makes him ideally suited to this elected office in Georgia.  

"He understands the importance of free market solutions and the need to resist forces that can unnecessarily prevent patients from being able to choose the physician or pharmacist of their choice. Over the years he has worked tirelessly with NCPA, an association of approximately 23,000 independent community pharmacy owners across America and more than 700 in Georgia, to shine a spotlight on the questionable business practices of pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs).  

"Gerry is a leading voice for PBM industry reform, and as a small business owner he understands the challenges faced by small businesses like local community pharmacies and other health care providers. Gerry also recognizes the value of keeping health care dollars and jobs in Georgia, not sending them off to out-of-state mail order facilities. He is ideally suited to bring about effective leadership and common-sense changes that will benefit Georgians whether they are from urban or rural parts of the state.

"By pushing for fairness on behalf of patients, plan sponsors and pharmacies, Gerry has saved millions of dollars that otherwise would have been lost. The good people of Georgia will get a champion devoted to strengthening the bond between health care providers and patients by creating greater efficiency, more choice and privacy. Gerry Purcell is clearly the best choice for Georgia Insurance Commissioner."

NCPA represents America's community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,700 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent an $88 billion health-care marketplace, employ over 65,000 pharmacists, and dispense over 40% of all retail prescriptions.

A number of Savannah business leaders have endorsed local insurance agent and insurance administrator John Mamalakis, 62, of Savannah.  Mamalakis has over 35 years experience in insurance sales and administration in both commercial and personal lines of insurance with HRH of Savannah, Jones, Hill & Mercer and Corish & Company firms over the years.

He is also a trustee of the Armstong Atlantic State University Foundation.

Here are the candidates on the July 20 ballot in both the Republican and Democratic primary.

Commissioner Of Insurance

Dennis Cain
P.O. Box 622
Hazlehurst, GA  31539
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Party: Republican 
Age: 56
Occupation: Insurance Agent
Website: www.cainforgeorgia.com
Date Qualified: Friday, April 30, 2010

Rick Collum
P.O Box 1865
Moultrie, GA  31776
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Party: Republican 
Age: 40
Occupation: Attorney
Website: www.rickcollum.com
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Seth Harp
P.O. Box 363
Midland, GA  31820

Party: Republican 
Age: 67
Occupation: Attorney at Law
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Ralph T. Hudgens
6509 Hwy 106 South
Hull, GA  30646
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Party: Republican 
Age: 67
Occupation: Investor
Website: www.ralphhudgens.com
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Tom Knox
5503 Williams Shores Drive
Cumming, GA  30041

Party: Republican 
Age: 66
Occupation: Attorney
Website: www.knox2010.com
Date Qualified: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

John Mamalakis
PO Box 16026
Savannah, GA  31416
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Party: Republican 
Age: 62
Occupation: Insurance Agent & Administrator
Website: www.electmamalakis.com
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Stephen Dale Northington
1720 Mars Hill Rd. Ste 8-362
Acworth, GA  30101

Party: Republican 
Age: 40
Occupation: Insurance Agent
Website: www.stephennorthington.com
Date Qualified: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Gerry Purcell
5665 Atlanta Highway
Suite 103-115
Alpharetta, GA  30004
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Party: Republican 
Age: 48
Occupation: Businessman
Website: www.gerrypurcell.com
Date Qualified: Thursday, April 29, 2010

Maria Sheffield
P.O. Box 79303
Atlanta, GA  30357
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Party: Republican 
Age: 36
Occupation: Attorney
Website: www.mariasheffield.com
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

Mary Squires
29 La Rue Pl, Nw
Atlanta, GA  30327-4009
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Party: Democratic 
Age: 52
Occupation: Consultant
Website: www.marysquires.com
Date Qualified: Monday, April 26, 2010

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