Barbee said it may seem a little corny, but his purpose in running for office is to bring honesty and integrity back to the city council.
The candidate has lived in Gray for 30 years and began his public service when he joined the Marines out of high school. He grew up in Macon and said he moved to Jones County because of its excellent school system.
Barbee spent four years in the Marine Corps, serving at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Okinawa, and a tour in Vietnam. After the military he went to work in Gordon, which is where he got his first taste of community involvement with the Gordon Jaycees.
The candidate’s background is diverse. He has worked in the food service industry as manager of Western Sizzling Steakhouse on Riverside Drive and Shoney’s on Pio Nono.
He took emergency medical technician classes in Jones County under Bobby Coulter, which was one of his first Jones County connections. He said, when he moved to Gray in the 1980s, he joined Jones County Rescue.
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