Anyone who thought that Gov. Barnes intended to run an air war from the comfort of his Marietta living room can now acknowledge that they were dead wrong. This Saturday, July 24th,  Barnes will hold one of his first post-primary events-  an old fashioned community rally in Enigma, Georgia.  For months prior to the primary, Gov. Barnes traveled the state, meeting with and listening to local leaders, and I have no doubt that effort will continue.

If you’ve never been to an “ol’ fashioned multi-county political rally,” or if you have, and want to go again, this is the event for you. Join Gov. Barnes on Saturday in Enigma. Festivities begin at 11 with entertainment and speeches at noon. For more information, contact Tyron Spearman or Stephen Mathis, 229-386-0216 or  Admission to the event and parking are free. We’re going, so come join us!


Roy Barnes, former Georgia Governor and a candidate for Governor for 2010, will be visiting Enigma, Georgia on Saturday, July 24 at Noon for an ole fashioned community rally.

“This is a chance for country folks to meet their Governor,” states Bobby Rowan, former legislator from Enigma.  “Roy has always had a connection to rural Georgia since his family ran a country store and his folks farmed.  We look forward to having a big crowd to greet him.”

The rally will be held at the Enigma City Park with free hot-dogs and the trimmings provided by the Enigma Volunteer Fire Department and entertainment by the Carpenter’s Band.  Entertainment starts at 11 with speeches at noon.

Barnes was born and raised in Mableton, Georgia, where his family farmed and owned a general store.  Roy grew up listening to his neighbors, who would gather at the store to discuss important issues of the day.

After earning an undergraduate degree and a law degree from the University of Georgia, Roy served as a prosecutor in the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office.  He then served eight terms in the state Senate and three terms in the state House of Representatives before being elected governor in 1998.

After leaving office, Roy devoted six months to Atlanta Legal Aid before returning to the private practice of law, which he has done through the establishment of The Barnes Law Group with his daughter.  He was honored with the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Profile in Courage Award in 2003.

Though he has had a notable career in public service, the main focus of Roy’s life has been his family.  Roy and his wife, Marie, live close to their three children and six grandchildren.  The family attends the First United Methodist Church of Marietta.

Admission to the Enigma Park is free and parking is free.

For more information, contact Tyron Spearman at 229-386-0216 or

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7 Responses to Barnes Sets Sites on Rural Georgia

  1. Kristi says:

    Great rally! Really big turn-out for Enigma. It was very hot, but the Barnes campaign had “Barnes Fans” fans printed. I’m glad someone was thinking ahead. The speech was held in an air conditioned building, thank goodness. It would be a nice idea to have more publicity. There would have been an even larger crowd. It is about time politicians realized there are voters south of Macon.

  2. Sara says:

    Will there be a riddle wrapped in a mystery there?

  3. Sweet Pea says:

    Below the gnat line, in Georgia, in July at Noon? Please ask them to plan one for October too.

  4. JMPrince says:

    Because no one else will. We’ll note this rally is vaguely near Albany but below Vienna.
    The Enigma Variations, Sirs Elgar by Boult. Variations on an Original Theme, ‘Enigma’ Op. 36 (1986 Digital Remaster): IX. Nimrod. Patriotic gore galore, but of course very Brit. JMP

  5. Jen B. says:

    I love that he’s going to a town named Enigma.

  6. Branden says:

    I am sooooo happy to see this! I think MT really could have done better (not saying he would have won) if he would not have had to be on the phone dialing for dollars all the time. This is great!!!