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Barbee announces as first candidate to challenge embattled city council
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Aug 22, 2013 | 1523 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ed Barbee is retired from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and currently heads up the auxiliary deputies.  He is the first candidate to announce his intentions to run in the city’s general election.  Qualifying will be next week.
Ed Barbee is retired from the Jones County Sheriff’s Department and currently heads up the auxiliary deputies. He is the first candidate to announce his intentions to run in the city’s general election. Qualifying will be next week.
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The first announced candidate for Gray’s city elections is Ed Barbee, who made it known last week that he would be running for the office of mayor pro tem.

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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