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Barnes announces commissioner run

Spring Hope Enterprise of Spring Hope, North Carolina

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James P Barnes annnounced Monsy that he will be a candidate in the March 15 Reepublican primary for Nash County Commissioner in District 3, where the winner will be challenging incumbent Billy Morgan.

A native of Bailey, Barnes has distinguished himself in public service through the state Highway Patrol and as agents for the U.S. Department of Treasury, the Us Department of Transportation and for the N.C. Department of Revenue.

His work for the state Department of Revenue led to awards for outstanding enforcement efforts.

Barnes was born in Nash County in 1974, the youngest of five children. He parents were Jerry Q. Barnes Sr. and Pattie Thompson Barnes. When his father died unexpectedly in 1978, he mother returned to Bailey to raise Crossroad, Bailey at Green Pond.

He attended Bailey Elementary School and Southern Nash Junior High School. He graduated from Southern Nash Senior High School in 1992. While in high school, he developed a love for politics which continues to this day.

After graduating from high school, Barnes accepted a job with Edwards, Inc. in Spring Hope and worked there until 1995 when he left to pursue a childhood a childhood dream of being in law enforcement.

Barnes completed Basic Law Enforcement Training at the Coastal Plain Law Enforcement Training Center in Wilson and reported for duty in May 1995. He graduated as the Most Outstanding Cadet in his class.

After graduation he joined the Middlesex Police Department, where he worked from 1995-1997 until he joined the Nash County Sheriff's Department as a deputy.

In 1999 he accepted a law enforcement position with the N.C. Division of Motore Vehilces Enforcement Section.

In 2002, Barnes joined the N.C. State Highway Patrol, where he has served in Wilson County and Nash County.

Barnes has enjoyed 21 years of public service, going to work every day knowing it could be his last. He said he has done it in an effort to make him county, community and hometown a better place to work, live and raise a family.

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Original Publication Date: November 5, 2015

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