PRESS RELEASE: John Barrow Announces Latest Endorsements for Supreme Court

August 22 2019

Attorney and former Congressman John Barrow announced today the latest 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 200 district attorneys, sheriffs, other elected officials, leaders of the State Bar, and public citizens all across the state. Barrow released a list of endorsers from the Metro Atlanta Area on July 11, 2019, and today’s list consists of leaders from across Middle Georgia.

“I’m grateful for the support of these leaders all across the state,” Barrow said. “What they tell me is that they want the kind of balance that I bring to the Court. We need someone who understands 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.

• Barrow served for 14 years as a county commissioner in Athens-Clarke County, which is 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.

Barrow and his wife, Angèle, have 5 children and 4 grandchildren (and one more on the way). They attend the First Baptist Church of Athens and divide their time between their home in Atlanta and his great-great-great-grandfather’s home in Athens.

Middle Georgia Endorsements of John Barrow for the Georgia Supreme Court:

Jimmy Andrews, Mayor of Sandersville

Nadine Bailey, Conyers Attorney

John Bell, Augusta Attorney

Phil Best, Mayor of Dublin

Debbie Buckner, State Representative

Helen Butler, Exec. Dir., Coalition for the People’s Agenda

Chuck Byrd, Former Asst. U.S. Attorney, Columbus

Terry Coleman, Former Speaker, Georgia House of Representatives

David Cooke, District Attorney, Macon Judicial Circuit

Dean Couch, Former Sheriff of Glascock Co.

Horace Daniel, Chair, Washington Co. Commission

Hardie Davis, Mayor of Augusta-Richmond Co.

Rev. Dr. Sam Davis, Beulah Grove Baptist Church, Augusta

David J. Davis, Sheriff of Bibb Co.

Pam Dickerson, State Representative

Taylor Drake, Newnan Attorney

Edward Dubose, Former President, Ga. NAACP

Matthew Duncan, Augusta Attorney

Peter Durham, Newnan Attorney

Rev. Dr. Diane Evans, Jefferson Co.

William Evans, Mayor of Sparta

Rev. Dr. Johnny H. Flakes III, 4th Street Missionary Baptist Church, Columbus

Randy Frails , Augusta Attorney

Gloria Frazier, State Representative

Rev. Dr. Gregory M. Fuller, Macedonia Church of Augusta

John Graham, Chair, Warren Co. Commission

Lowell and Gloria Greenbaum, Augusta

Floyd Griffin, Former State Senator, Milledgeville

Lester Hadden, Former Mayor of Wrens

Henry Wayne Howard, State Representative

Sistie Hudson, Chair, Hancock Co. Commission

Gary Hutchins, Sheriff of Jefferson Co.

Mack Jackson, State Representative

George James, Former Mayor of Grovetown, Columbia Co.

Phil Johnson, Covington Attorney

Harold Jones, State Senator

Steven Kendrick, Richmond Co. Tax Commissioner

Rusty Kidd, Former State Representative, Baldwin Co.

Nathan Lee, Newnan Attorney

Bill Massee, Sheriff of Baldwin Co.

Michael Moore, Former U.S. Attorney, Atlanta

Mickey Moses, Jefferson Co. Attorney

Rev. Corey J. Neal, Greater Peace Baptist Church, Columbus

Sheila Nelson, State Representative

Sam Nicholson, Augusta Attorney

Natalie Paine, District Attorney, Augusta Judicial Circuit

Mary Parham-Copelan, Mayor of Milledgeville

DuBose Porter, Publisher, Former House Minority Leader

J. B. Powell, Former State Senator

Tomlyn Primus, Sheriff of Hancock Co.

Brian Prince, State Representative

Robert Reichert, Mayor of Macon-Bibb Co.

Albert Reichert, Jr., Macon Attorney

Marc Richards, Sheriff of Taliaferro Co.

Richard Roundtree, Sheriff of Richmond Co.

Dennis Sanders, Former Dist. Attorney, Toombs Judicial Circuit

Rabbi Larry Schlesinger, Commissioner, Macon-Bibb Co.

Lynn Sheffield, Sheriff of Dodge Co.

John Sheftal, Columbus Attorney

Allen Smith, Washington Co. Attorney

Thomas Smith (1960-2019), Sheriff of Washington Co.

Rev. Nathaniel D. Snead, Jr., Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Sparta

Donna Tompkins, Sheriff of Muscogee Co.

Bob Trammell, State Representative, Minority Leader

Tommy Vance, Carrollton Attorney

Virgil Watkins, Commissioner, Macon-Bibb Co.

Alfonzo Williams, Sheriff of Burke Co.

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