First Lady Rosalynn Carter Endorses Democratic Candidate for U.S. Senate Jim Barksdale

Atlanta, Ga - Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Jim Barksdale is proud to unveil a new endorsement from Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady of the United States of America. In her first weekend back to the campaign trail since her grandson Jason Carter ran for Governor in 2014, she released the following statement:

β€œI’m proud to support and endorse Jim Barksdale for United States Senate. I’ve gotten to know Jim as a Member of the Board of Councilors of The Carter Center. Jim’s a man of integrity who cares deeply for his community, Georgia, and the United States of America. Most importantly, he has a profound sense of personal responsibility to build a better world for the next generation. Georgia needs a fighter for the middle-class, and Jim Barksdale is that man. On November 8th, I hope all Georgians will join me and vote for Jim Barksdale.”

Rosalynn Carter is a cofounder of The Carter Center, an Atlanta-based international nonprofit organization that works to advance human rights and alleviate human suffering. As a longtime advocate for numerous causes, Rosalynn Carter has fought particularly hard to improve the way our country approaches the issue of mental health. After years of effort as honorary chair of the President’s Commission on Mental Health, she succeeded in bringing about passage of the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980. She served on the Policy Advisor Board at the Atlanta Project, a program to address social ills associated with poverty and quality of life citywide, from the program’s inception in 1991 until its transfer to Georgia State University in 1999.

Jim Barksdale welcomed the endorsement:

β€œOn the eve of electing a former first lady as the next President of the United States, I am honored to receive the endorsement of an esteemed stateswoman, Rosalynn Carter. Her life-long fight on behalf of the overlooked and underrepresented serves as an inspiration—both to me personally and everyone who cares about standing up against the power of special interests. I am truly grateful for the endorsement from someone deserving of such respect.”

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