A Greenville man has decided to be a candidate for the 54th District Senate position.
George Barber has announced he plans to be in the March 20th Republican primary election.
The senate position is up for grabs since incumbent Kyle McCarter announced he will not be seeking re-election.
Barber and his wife, Lisa have five children, the youngest a junior at Greenville High School.
George is in his 19th year as a professor and head men’s basketball coach at Greenville University.
He told WGEL he has had a long-time desire to be in public office. He said before he and Lisa were married, he told her he wanted to serve the public in politics after their children were grown. He was encouraged to pursue this opportunity by his friend Senator Chuck Weaver. Barber involved Greenville University President Dr. Ivan Filby and GU Athletic Director Tom Ackerman in the decision.
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One big question for Barber was what he would do for a job if he entered politics. He said he was relieved and happy to hear that Greenville University wanted to retain him as a coach if he wins the senate seat.
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Barber said he has a very good basketball coaching staff. He spoke last week with his team, explained the situation to his players and received applause from them.
Senate District 54 includes all of Bond, Clinton, Fayette and Marion counties and parts of Effingham, Madison, Washington and St. Clair counties.
Other candidates for the Republican primary are Rafael Him from Clinton County, Ben Stratemeyer from Marion County and Jason Plummer from Madison County.