Former Gov. Roy Barnes will pepper Atlanta airwaves over the next two weeks with his first campaign ad in the state’s largest media market.
The AJC’s Jim Galloway brought you the ad first this morning. The ad, entitled “Chalkboard,” will appear on WSB-TV, WXIA, WAGA and WATL. Barnes’ campaign spent about $150,000 for airtime. It is Barnes’ third ad of his campaign to seek re-election to the post he lost in 2002. His first two spots, however, didn’t air in the Atlanta market.
Former Adjutant Gen. David Poythress is the only other Democratic gubernatorial candidate to run television ads, although his aired only in southern parts of the state. Republican Eric Johnson, a former state senator, is the only GOP candidate to air an ad in the Atlanta market.
In the new spot, which focuses on the economy and jobs, Barnes promises to end teacher furloughs and restore a state-funded property tax relief grant that the Republican-controlled General Assembly eliminated.
According to public documents filed with WSB, LUC Media of Marietta purchased the airtime on Barnes’ behalf. LUC Media is owned by Bobby Kahn, a former top aide in Barnes’ administration.