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SF Weekly: John Dennis "isn't a normal Republican."

John Dennis, the Republican vying for Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco House seat, grew up in a housing project in Jersey City, N.J. The son of a longshoreman and a city hall clerk, he remembers those days vividly: how the building deteriorated over the course of his childhood; the broken elevators; the torn-down fences; the unswept garbage; the overwhelming sense of desertion.

"Things just didn't work," he recalls.

And, from his perspective, the people in charge didn't seem to care. "I realized that when the government owns something, it it has no incentive to make capital improvements," says Dennis, who moved to San Francisco in 1991.