Georgia Secretary of State Elections 2018: Meet John Barrow

2018 is a big election year for the state of Georgia. But if you are anything like me, you are usually too busy to pay as much attention to local politics as you should. So, to make things easier, I have started a series to pick apart each candidate’s pros and cons.

With introductions out of the way, meet Democrat and former Representative John Barrow.

On his website, Barrow’s family has lived in Georgia for more than seven generations as farmers, teachers, preachers, and lawyers. Barrow decided to follow in their footsteps to work in public service.

Barrow graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in political science and history in 1976. Then, at only 20 years old, he went on to be one of the youngest members of his class at Harvard Law School. He graduated from there with a J.D. in 1979 according to his Ballotpedia profile.

From 1990 to 2004, Barrow was a commissioner on the Athens-Clarke County Commission. Then from 2005 to 2015, he was Georgia’s 12th district representative in the U.S. Congress. Since leaving Congress, Barrow has been teaching at UGA and served as a pro bono staff attorney at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Throughout his legal career, his campaign website says, Barrow has had quite a few accomplishments. While working on the county commission, he never voted for a tax increase. When he worked in Congress, Barrow worked with President Bush and President Obama to open a Veterans Affairs health clinic in Statesboro. He also led a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers to increase veterans’ mileage reimbursements for the first time in 30 years. In addition, Barrow “was central in the fights to deepen the Port of Savannah and bring the Army’s Cyber Command to Fort Gordon in Augusta.”

As for his stance on the issues, the website was much vaguer. It didn’t have any page to talk about the issues. The only guess I can make is that if elected Barrow will continue to be “an independent and effective representative for his fellow Georgians.”

If Barrow sounds like your kind of candidate, the elections will be held on November 6.

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