Peter Gounares

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Peter Gounares
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Alabama, District 1
Bachelor'sUniversity of Miami
Date of birth1974
Place of birthMobile, AL
ProfessionReal Estate Broker
Campaign website
Peter Gounares was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Alabama.


Gounares was born in Mobile, Alabama. He attended the University of Miami, graduating with a degree in Marine Affairs. Gounares is a licensed real estate broker. He currently resides in Orange Beach, Alabama.


Campaign themes


On his campaign site, Gounares presented seven main campaign themes[1]:

  • Jobs
Excerpt: "Our district is blessed with a great number of resources. One important resource is the Port of Mobile. As someone who comes from a family with deep roots in international trade, I see the endless possibilities our Port offers our district."
  • BP/GCCF/Oil Spill
Excerpt: "I will put the issue back in front of Congress and our nation. I will work to ensure that, once and for all, those along the Gulf Coast who were affected are justly compensated for what was taken from them."
  • Economy
Excerpt: "We need to abandon the idea that government can borrow its way out of debt. The private sector is the key to our nation’s resurgence, and government’s only job is to ensure fair play within the private sector."
  • Energy
Excerpt: "We should utilize all of America’s resources. Oil, natural gas, wind, solar, nuclear, clean coal, and geothermal are all technologies available today. Promote clean technologies through tax credits to those who utilize them, not tax penalties for those who don’t."
  • Immigration
Excerpt: " Our nation was built by immigrants who came here legally, and we should always cherish the idea of opening our doors to those who follow the rules. We must avoid rewarding those who came here by breaking our laws."
  • Defense/Military
Excerpt: "America should have the ability to protect its interests around the world but not be the world police. Other nations must be made to share responsibility for world stability."
  • Term Limits
Excerpt: "I continue to believe that serving in Congress should never be an occupation. It should be a term of service to our nation for a brief time period. Afterwards, a member of Congress should return to the private sector and allow others who have lived in the district and are more aware of what is taking place at home represent the people."



See also: Alabama's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Gounares ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Alabama's 1st District. Gounares was defeated by incumbent Jo Bonner in the March 13, 2012, primary.

U.S. House, Alabama District 1 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJo Bonner Incumbent 55.6% 48,481
Dean Young 24.3% 21,216
Pete Riehm 15.7% 13,744
Peter Gounares 4.4% 3,828
Total Votes 87,269


Gounares ran against incumbent Jo Bonner in the 2010 Republican primary for Alabama's 1st Congressional District.[2] Gounares says he decided to run due to Bonner's vote for the 2008 bank bail outs.[3]

U.S. House, Alabama District 1 Primary Election Republican Primary, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJo Bonner Incumbent 75.2% 56,868
Peter Gounares 24.8% 18,705
Total Votes 75,573


Gounares and Pete Riehm stated that they oppose the RESTORE Act, which would distribute oil spill fines to the governments of states along the Gulf coast. Gounares said he instead favored handing out the money to the individuals affected by the spills, claiming that it would cause a local "economic boom." Riehm accused the RESTORE Act of inflating big government but did not favor handing the money out to individuals either. Incumbent Jo Bonner disagreed, stating, "I'm trying to be respectful to a dissenting view, but I would say it's very much a minority view."[4]


Gounares has been married to his wife, Bethany, since 2008. They have two sons, George and Bentley.

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