Maria Sheffield considers a move to south Georgia for 12th District contest

The Republican race to oust U.S. Rep. John Barrow, the Savannah Democrat, may soon have a third candidate.

Maria Sheffield, who lost a hard-fought primary runoff for state insurance commissioner last year, says she’s contemplating a move to southeast Georgia to make the race.

Sheffield says she “has been approached by business, community, government, tea party and Republican leaders” to enter the contest. Two other Republicans, state Rep. Lee Anderson of Grovetown and Augusta businessman Rick Allen, have already announced.

Some of you might remember that Sheffield is a resident of Mableton in Cobb County. She sends this explanation via her spokeswoman, Kathryn Ballou:

”My family – the Sheffield family – has long and deep roots in this special part of Georgia. For many years my father lived in Laurens County. Many of my family members still live in Laurens.

“The interesting fact is that my potential opponent is from Athens and lives in Savannah – neither of which is in the 12th District. The bottom-line is the people of the 12th District — if I run — will have a choice between my opponent, who is from Athens, lives in Savannah, and supports President Obama or myself with deep family roots in Laurens County and opposes the liberal agenda of President Obama.”

Ballou said that if Sheffield decides to enter the race, she’ll establish a residence in Laurens County, which is in the newly drawn 12th District.

Members of Congress aren’t required by the Constitution to live in the district they represent – but it can sure help. Barrow – who was drawn out of the 12th by Republicans in the state Capitol — has said he intends to move back into the district, once the lines are a settled matter.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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October 18th, 2011
4:02 pm

sounds like someone bitter at losing and getting some bad advice. this is like a bad joke and no one is laughing.


October 18th, 2011
4:13 pm

There is absolutely no doubt that Republicans hope to replace this incumbent Democrat. Whether his voting record, changed district constituency, and ultimate challenger prevails is wide open until at least next summer.


October 18th, 2011
4:26 pm

Wow, if enough off-the-rails repulicon extremists run for this seat, Barrow (even though he is far to much of a con to really be considered a Democrat) will look all the more appealing.

ms. sheffield proves how hard it is for a republicon to take NO for an answer (but the victor in the race is no win for GA).


October 18th, 2011
4:30 pm

Rumor has it that Beth Merkelson is also getting into the 12th race.

Serious Robuck

October 18th, 2011
4:39 pm

Hmmmm, I thought Beth Merkelson was from Macon. Is Bibb in the new 12th or will Beth have to move to run down there? Besides, if Beth goes to Washington, that would leave Casey Cagle to his own devices, wouldn’t it?

What a clown car the Georgia Republican party is! God help us all.

Don't Kid Yourself

October 18th, 2011
4:42 pm

Maria, don’t kid yourself. You have absolutely no name ID from the runoff. You have no grassroots network. Stop. Just stop.

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October 18th, 2011
4:59 pm

I don’t live in that District and as such won’t have a vote, and have no opinion yet about either Barrow or his potential opposition.

Partisan bloggers evidently have strong opinions, but since the AJC has little credibility OTP, it stands to reason it has even less in the new 12th District.


October 18th, 2011
7:58 pm

I’d rather have Beth than Maria who is a pawn on every level I can think of. Actually, I’d rather have Buddy Carter than either of them.

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Silent Jay

October 19th, 2011
12:38 pm

Her new slogan is “Move to where you can vote for me.”


October 20th, 2011
4:23 pm

Maria Sheffield is ready to lead and prepared for the challenges! As a residence of Appling County, part of the newly drawn congressional district, I will definately be supporting Maria for Congress. Her conservative record speaks for itself, and I know that she is greatly opposed to the liberal agenda of Barack Obama and John Barrow! Maria 2012!


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October 21st, 2011
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Looks like third world immigration will be a big issue in this race as Rep. Barrow has decried Georgia’s new law cracking down on criminal illegal aliens.

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