William Barnes

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William Barnes
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Former candidate for
Alabama House of Representatives, District 59
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sGeorge Washington University, 1974
Bachelor'sGeorge Washington University, 1975
Master'sGeorge Washington University, 1978
J.D.Birmingham School of Law, 1985
OtherLLM, Atlanta Law School, 1991
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
Years of service1967-1971
Date of birth12/15/1948
Place of birthLumberton, NC
Campaign website
William Barnes (b. December 15, 1948) was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 59 of the Alabama House of Representatives.

Barnes was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 6th Congressional District of Alabama.


Barnes earned his associate's degree in Liberal Arts, his bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Psychology and his master's in Education/Human Resource Development/Organizational Psychology from George Washington University in 1974, 1975 and 1978, respectively. He then received his J.D. from Birmingham School of Law in 1985. He went on to earn his LLM from Atlanta Law School in 1991.

Barnes served in the United States Air Force in Vietnam from 1967 to 1971. He has since worked in the following positions: Weapons and Munitions Manufacturing/Facilities Engineering and Maintenance for the United States Naval Weapons Station at Yorktown from 1973 to 1977, Adjunct Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University from 1981 to 1984, Senior Personnel Psychologist for the United States Army from 1978 to 1990, Research Analyst for the United States Department of the Treasury from 1990 to 1998, Legal Instructor for the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center from 1990 to 1998, Adjunct Professor at Brenau University from 1994 to 1998 and Business Consultant for William G. Barnes and Associates from 1998 to 1999. As of the 2012 election, he was employed as an attorney for William G. Barnes and Associates.


Campaign themes


Barnes' campaign website listed the following issues:[1]

  • Pay-As-You-Go
Excerpt: "We need to return to the fiscal discipline imposed by PAYGO rules and reduce our deficits and debt."
  • Business/Consumers
Excerpt: "A strong middle class makes a strong economy. My goal is to give consumers as much power as necessary to balance the economic scales between business and consumers. "
  • Gun Rights
Excerpt: "As an officer and defender of the law, I believe that the Second Amendment grants individuals the right to “bear arms” or own guns. Gun ownership is a constitutionally guaranteed right."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Our nation was once the envy of other countries due to our extraordinary educational system and institutions. Now, our nation’s educational system is not held in the highest regards."
  • Social Security
Excerpt: "The elderly and the newly born are the most vulnerable in our society. Protecting senior citizens is a high priority concern for our governmental elected representatives. The people who contributed to the success of this nation’s economy should not be penalized nor have to worry about re-entering the workforce after his or her physical abilities and skills have deteriorated or eroded."
  • Medicaid/Medicare & Affordable Healthcare
Excerpt: "Affordable Healthcare is a topic that has polarized this nation’s politics over the past 100 years. In the past three years the topic has become a hot issue for most Americans. I support comprehensive affordable health care for all Americans."
  • Taxes, Budgets, & The Federal Deficit
Excerpt: "We have to make significant changes to the current way of doing things to reduce our nation’s debt. "



See also: Alabama House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Alabama House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014; a runoff election took place where necessary on July 15, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 7, 2014. Incumbent Mary Moore defeated Chris Davis and William Barnes in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

Alabama House of Representatives, District 59 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMary Moore Incumbent 54.4% 2,154
William Barnes 22.8% 903
Chris Davis 22.8% 902
Total Votes 3,959


See also: Alabama's 6th Congressional District elections, 2012

Barnes ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Alabama's 6th District. He was defeated by Penny H. Bailey in the Democratic primary on March 13.

U.S. House, Alabama District 6 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPenny H. Bailey 59.8% 4,529
William Barnes 40.2% 3,046
Total Votes 7,575


As of the 2012 election, Barnes and his wife, Tamea, had two children.

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