July 11 2019
Attorney and former Congressman John Barrow announced today the first round of endorsements of his candidacy for the seat on the Georgia Supreme Court currently held by retiring Justice Robert Benham. The nonpartisan election will take place at the same time as next year’s general primary election, on May 19.
Barrow has received endorsements from a bi-partisan group of over 170 leaders of the State Bar, district attorneys, sheriffs, other elected officials, and public citizens all across the state. Barrow will be announcing his endorsements on a regional basis, starting with endorsements he has received from the Metro Atlanta area, to be followed by endorsements from North, East, Central, West, and South Georgia. Barrow’s endorsements from the Metro Atlanta region appear below.
“I’m grateful for the support of these leaders all across the state,” Barrow said. “What they tell me is that I bring the kind of balance we need on our Supreme Court. My experience makes me uniquely qualified to understand the issues that matter to real people in the real world.”
Barrow is an honor graduate of the University of Georgia and was one of the youngest members of his class at Harvard Law School.
After clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, Barrow has represented more Georgians, in more ways, than anyone now sitting on the Georgia Supreme Court:
For over 23 years, Barrow earned his living as a lawyer in private practice (almost 4 times longer than the average on the Court).
During that time, Barrow served for 14 years as a county commissioner in Athens-Clarke County (more experience in local government than all the rest of the Court combined).
After his service in local government, Barrow served 10 years in Congress. In a time of extreme partisanship, Barrow earned a reputation as the most bi-partisan member of Congress.
Barrow also brings geographical diversity to the court. None of the Justices comes from east of I-75 and north of I-16. Barrow would be the only Justice from this entire half of the state.
Metro Atlanta Endorsements of John Barrow for the Georgia Supreme Court:
Teri Anulewicz, State Representative
Roy Barnes, Former Governor
Mike Bowers, Former Georgia Attorney General
George Carley, Former Georgia Supreme Court Justice
Max Cleland, Former Georgia Secretary of State, U.S. Senator
Buddy Darden, Former U.S. Congressman
Debra DeBerry, Clerk of State Court, DeKalb Co.
Karla Drenner, State Representative
Smythe DuVal, Libertarian Candidate for Secretary of State, 2018
James Elliott, Assoc. Dean, Emory Law School, Former State Bar President
Stacey Godfrey Evans, Former State Representative
Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Sr. Pastor, Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church
Sally Harrell, State Senator
Paul Howard, District Attorney, Atlanta Judicial Circuit
Ted Jackson, Sheriff, Fulton Co.
Bishop Reginald T. Jackson, Presiding Prelate, Sixth Episcopal District, A.M.E. Church
Jen Jordan, State Senator
Stephe Koontz, Doraville City Council
John Lewis, U.S. Congressman
Josh McLaurin, State Representative
Ted Metz, Libertarian Candidate for Governor, 2018
Mary Margaret Oliver, State Representative
Nan Orrock, State Senator
Elena Parent, State Senator
Danny Porter, District Attorney, Gwinnett Judicial Circuit
Pete Robinson, Former Chair, Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission
Thomas G. Sampson
Fred Smith, Professor, Emory University Law School
John and Mildred Spalding
Stephanie Stuckey, Former State Representative
Ted Terry, Mayor, Clarkston
Mike Thurmond, Chair, DeKalb Co. Commission
Norman Underwood, Former Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals
Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, Sr. Pastor, Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church
Mike Wilensky, State Representative
Nikema Williams, State Senator
Matthew Wilson, State Representative
Andrew Young, Former U.N. Ambassador, U.S. Congressman, Atlanta Mayor
Cindy Zeldin, 2018 Candidate, Ga. Insurance Commissioner