Jim Martin, former state legislator and Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources, officially entered the race for U.S. Senate against Saxby Chambliss on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 .
In announcing his candidacy for the race, Martin, a Vietnam War veteran, said, “Today, on the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War, it’s clear that the current administration is on the wrong track. We need a Senator in Washington who answers to Georgians and not to George Bush and Dick Cheney 92% of the time. Senator Chambliss’ uncritical advocacy of the Iraq war has been matched only by his disregard for the soldiers fighting it and their families. I believe we should respect our troops by using them more effectively and taking better care of them when they come home.”
Martin added, “ Senator Chambliss’ consistent refusal to support common sense solutions to our national healthcare crisis, like providing healthcare to uninsured kids, demonstrates how out of step he really is with Georgians. In order to defeat Senator Chambliss in November, Democrats need a candidate with a broad network of support across Georgia who shares the values of hardworking Georgians. I am a church elder and proud of it. I am a Vietnam War veteran and proud of the service I was able to give to my country. I am a proud father and grandfather. No one is going to take the values of faith, family, and patriotism away from me.”
Martin has already received endorsements from numerous political, civic, and business leaders across Georgia, including: former First Lady Rosalynn Carter; former Governor Roy Barnes; Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin; House Minority Leader DuBose Porter; Representative Bob Holmes; principal advisor to former U.S. Senator Max Cleland, Stephen R. Leeds; civic leader Hattie Dorsey; business leader Rear Admiral Paul Rosser (Retired); and civic leader Elaine B. Alexander. “I am honored to have earned the trust of these distinguished Georgians, and I am pleased to be able to count on their support in getting my message out to all the voters in this state,” Martin said.
Martin served with distinction for nearly two decades in the Georgia House of Representatives and was a leader in the effort to establish the PeachCare program to provide healthcare to thousands of Georgia children. Martin later led the Department of Human Resources under Governors Roy Barnes and Sonny Perdue. In his campaign for Lieutenant Governor in 2006, Martin was one of the only candidates anywhere in the country to address the looming foreclosure crisis, which has engulfed our nation’s economy and threatens homeowners throughout Georgia .