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June 11--  A lifelong Republican who almost won the state Insurance Commissioner's job in 2010 is now running for Congress in the 12th Congressional District.

Maria Sheffield now calls Dublin home and told the Vidalia area Republican debate earlier this month that one thing liberals fear is a strong, conservative woman.

"This whole time my opponent in this race has been Congressman John Barrow who has said he is working hand in hand with President Obama.  If you want someone to work hand in hand with you, I ask you to support my campaign.  I guarantee that the thing a liberal man fears most is a conservative woman and I will take this fight directly to John Barrow in November and you will have a conservative representing Georgia 12 in Congress," she said.

Sheffield came in second in a nine-person field when she ran for Insurance Commissioner and lost in the 2010 General Election Primary by about one percent to Ralph Hudgens.  She won all of the counties which now comprise the 12th District.

"You know President Obama is looking for people to say yes, but we need someone in Washington who will say no.  The attacks on our beliefs and culture is wrong.  I'm not giving up hope on this country and that's what I'm going to Washington, DC to fight for," she promised.