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Candidate Jim Martin On The Ballot For Shot At Saxby Chambliss & U.S. Senate Seat

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Amanda Smith

 

Georgian Jim Martin recently announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Saxby Chambliss.  Martin will face fellow Democrat Vernon Jones in a run-off to be held on August 5, 2008.  The winner of that election will then have the chance to unseat Chambliss in the November general election.

 

“The choice will be clear to the Democratic voters; I’m completely opposed to the Bush Administration policies,” said Jim in a recent interview by The Georgia Informer.  “I want to change those policies.  I endorse and support (Barack) Obama and will work with him to bring about positive change.”

 

An Atlanta attorney, Jim earned his Bachelors Degree and two law degrees from the University of Georgia in Athens.  He then served a tour of duty in Vietnam before returning to Atlanta to begin his law practice.

 

Born and raised in Atlanta, Jim is married to the lovely Joan Martin and the couple has four children and three grandchildren.

 

In 1983, Jim was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives.  During 18 years of service to the Georgians he represented, Jim achieved significant legislative accomplishments.  He authored, developed consensus on, and passed more than 60 major pieces of reform legislation in the areas of healthcare, family law, civil and criminal justice, education, probate, business law, environmental law, labor law and tax policy. He also served as Chairman of a number of important committees, including the Judiciary Committee, the Human Services Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee, and the Industrial Relations, Special Judiciary and Children and Youth Committees.  He also made profound changes to the healthcare system by helping to create PeachCare, which provides affordable healthcare to thousands of Georgia’s children.  Perhaps most importantly, Jim’s passion for senior citizens, youth, and the disabled helped him preserve critical services for these individuals during the tough economic times of the 1990s.

 

Jim authored, and with the help of Superior Court Judge Bryant Culpepper, put into action the statewide juvenile court system that exists today.  In fact, the list of bills that Jim authored or co-authored and helped push into law are too numerous to list here as are the literally dozens of public service awards he has amassed during his years serving the citizens of Georgia.

 

“I want to take these same skills to Washington to deal with problems facing working Georgians such as the rising price of gas and groceries, and the cost and availability of healthcare” said Jim. 

 

Jim enjoys the support of many around the state including John Eaves (Chairman of the Fulton County Commission), Nancy Boxill (long-standing member of the Fulton County Commission), Dekalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown, State Representative Bob Holmes, and Georgia Senator Emanuel Jones. “Jim is the kind of man you can trust with your wife and your wallet,” said Senator Jones.  “He is a good and honest man and has the temperament and intelligence needed for this seat.”   

 

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