Allan Levene (born 1949 or 1950) is a British American information technology specialist. He was planning to simultaneously run for the United States House of Representatives in four different districts: Hawaii's 1st congressional district, Minnesota's 6th congressional district, Michigan's 14th congressional district, and his home district, Georgia's 11th congressional district, but he failed to file in Michigan and Minnesota. He is running for all four seats as a member of the Republican Party.
Early life and career
Levene grew up in West Ham, London, in a middle-class family. His father ran a car storage facility called "Levene's Garages", while his mother was a homemaker. He attended Plaistow Grammar School. Levene emigrated to the United States when he was 21 years old. He worked as a life insurance salesman in San Diego to pay for college, then became a certified financial planner, specializing in municipal bonds.
Levene became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He formerly lived in Metro Detroit, before settling in Atlanta at the age of 32, to live with his wife and run a computer consulting business. His computer business has led him to spend time in Minnesota.
Levene developed an interest in politics, and he challenged Phil Gingrey, the incumbent member of the United States House of Representatives in Georgia's 11th congressional district, in the Republican primary election. Gingrey won the primary with 81% of the vote and Levene qualified to run in the general election as a write-in candidate. In the general election, Gingrey was re-elected with 69% of the vote.
With Gingrey running for the United States Senate in 2014, Levene decided to run again for Gingrey's seat. To increase his chances of winning, he also declared his candidacy in Minnesota's 6th congressional district and Michigan's 14th congressional district, districts where he'd formerly lived and worked, and Hawaii's 1st congressional district, because he feels "living in Hawaii wouldn’t be bad". He confirmed that this was allowable with the Federal Election Commission, as long as he kept donations for each race separate, and with the secretaries of state for all four states. The United States Constitution only requires residency at the time of the general election. If he wins a primary, he will establish residency in that state and drop his other bids. His main focus was on winning the primary in Georgia, where the primary election was held on 20 May 2014. Although the race resulted in a runoff, Levene came in a distant sixth place. The primary in Hawaii will be held on August 9.
In the Georgia primary election, he received 962 votes out of 57,009 cast (1.69%), placing him sixth out of the six candidates.
Levene has proposed a coastal enclave of "New Israel" in South Texas along the Laguna Madre, to be located south of Baffin Bay and east of U.S. Route 77, as an alternative Middle East peace proposal to be granted in exchange for the evacuation of Israeli settlements in the Palestinian West Bank. The enclave would not reach the Rio Grande Valley at the southernmost tip of Texas, however, and hence would leave the existing Mexico–United States border intact.
Under this arrangement, Israel would continue to exist within its pre-1967 borders, with "New Israel" as an added overseas territory, intended to stimulate both the Israeli and Texan economies by a brisk border trade. Levene considers the proposal feasible because of the low population density in this part of Texas (particularly, Kenedy County has a population of only 416).
- Levene, Ballotpedia.
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