PRESS RELEASE: John Barrow Announces Endorsements for Supreme Court

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:

Pinney Allen

Teri Anulewicz, State Representative

Roy Barnes, Former Governor

John Bey

Mike Bowers, Former Georgia Attorney General

Ed Buckley

Ken Canfield

George Carley, Former Georgia Supreme Court Justice

Max Cleland, Former Georgia Secretary of State, U.S. Senator

Jen Cox

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

Scott Farrow

Heather Fenton

Rev. Dr. William E. Flippin, Sr. Pastor, Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church

Steve Goldman

Judson Graves

Tricia Griffith

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

Halsey Knapp

Stephe Koontz, Doraville City Council

John Lewis, U.S. Congressman

Keith Mason

Sally McDaniel

Josh McLaurin, State Representative

Ted Metz, Libertarian Candidate for Governor, 2018

Mary Margaret Oliver, State Representative

Nan Orrock, State Senator

Jon Ossoff

Elena Parent, State Senator

Andrew Patterson

Danny Porter, District Attorney, Gwinnett Judicial Circuit

Savannah Potter-Miller

Pete Robinson, Former Chair, Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission

Thomas G. Sampson

Madeleine Simmons

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

Matthew Weiss

Ann Weltner

Mike Wilensky, State Representative

Nikema Williams, State Senator

Matthew Wilson, State Representative

David Worley

Andrew Young, Former U.N. Ambassador, U.S. Congressman, Atlanta Mayor

Cindy Zeldin, 2018 Candidate, Ga. Insurance Commissioner

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