I just got off the phone with my friend Councilman and former state Representative Gregory Hastings. He wishes me to tell you that he filed for state representative against Representative John Atkins D-41, today. He is running as the true representative of conservative values. He is opposed to the expansion of government and the tax increases pushed through. He wants less government and lower taxes. Update: Councilman Hastings told me that when he lost in 2008 after only 18 months in office that he did not know if he would do this again, but when he sees the slide of the state and indeed the nation, he can not stay on the sidelines. As a small businessman of 22 years, he has seen his expansion plans hurt by higher workman’s compensation premiums and knows business is hurt by gross receipts taxes taking a bite out of business (whether one makes a profit or not if may add a clarification) revenue. Jobs are being harmed and families are struggling because of a bloated and expensive government. He wants to fight to change that.