published Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Metro Atlanta faith leaders back Roy Barnes for governor

Press Release

Atlanta - Several prominent pastors from the metro Atlanta area endorsed Roy Barnes’ election efforts today.

With only a week left before the July 20 primary election, Barnes’ campaign, Roy 2010, has amassed an impressive list of endorsers from around the state.

“Our state’s future – our children’s future – is in peril,” said Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley. “This election is one of the most important of our lifetimes. We need a tested leader back in the Governor’s office – we need Roy.”

When asked why he was supporting Barnes’ gubernatorial efforts, Ambassador Andrew Young remarked, “Roy is the best qualified to tackle the problems of employment, education, transportation and restoring confidence in government. The people need a strong voice with unique talents to bring growth and prosperity back to Georgia.”

“On the issues that matter to the faith community, Roy stands out above the other candidates in the field,” said Rev. Timothy McDonald. “I am proud to support Roy’s bid for Governor because I know that he has the experience and the knowledge to get our state back on track.”

Rev. Jasper Williams said Barnes’ greatest asset is his ability to get the job done. “The challenges that we face in Atlanta, and all across the state of Georgia, are critical. Roy will be ready to go to work for us on day one – no on-the-job training required.”

“Roy has always been there for us,” said Rev. Dr. Walter Kimbrough. “He has the courage, and the intellect, to tackle the toughest of our problems. It’s time to bring real leadership back to Georgia government.”

Bishop Eddie Long, an early supporter of Barnes, said that he was endorsing the former Governor’s election efforts because of his long record of standing up for Georgians. “Roy is the only candidate in this race who has consistently been a friend to our community. He is the only one I trust to guide our state in a better direction.”

METRO ATLANTA PASTORS ENDORSING BARNES INCLUDE:

K.J. Anderson III

Mr. Joe Beasley

Rev. Frank C. Brown

Ms. Robin Brown

Bishop Dr. Tonya Summer Brown

Ms. Angie Buck

Rev. Dr. Richard Cobble

Rev. Dr. Anthony Cooper, Sr.

Rev. Dr. Howard Creecy

Pastor Jesse Curney

Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley

Mr. Mack Glover

Rev. Michael Harris

Ms. Dorothy Herring

Rev. Dr. Toussaint Hill

Bishop Wiley Jackson II

Rev. Dr. Frank Jones

Rev. Michael Jones

Rev. Dr. Walter Kimbrough

Rev. Dr. Barbara King

Mr. Curtis King

Pastor Eric Lee, Jr.

Elder Diane Lewis

Bishop Ralph Lewis, Sr.

Bishop Eddie Long

Rev. Albert E. Love

Rev. Yevette Massey

Rev. Dr. Samuel Matthews

Rev. Timothy McDonald

Rev. Cal "Happy Preacher" Merrell

Pastor Craig Oliver

Mrs. Cleophas Orange

Rev. L. K. Pendleton

Rev. Roderick Perrymond

Murjan Rasheed

Rev. Edward Reynolds

Ms. Rachel Simmons

Pastor Tony Simmons

Rev. Dorothy Sims

Bishop Ruth Smith-Holmes

Rev. Evelyn Taylor

Rev. Eric Todd

Rev. Harris Travis

Siegfnel D. White

Rev. Jasper Williams

Pastor Joseph Williams

Ms. Carolyn Wilson

Ms. Dawn Wilson

Rev. Jerry Woodfork, Jr.

Rev. Richard Wynn

Ambassador Andrew Young

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