Why I’m Running

It’s time for new leadership for Middle Georgia in the State Senate.

I believe our Middle Georgia families need honest, hardworking leadership in the State Senate. We deserve an enthusiastic conservative leader who is committed to working hard for our community, growing our economy, listening to the people, and ensuring that our interests and values are being protected.

Middle Georgia is my home, and I feel called to give back to the community that has given so much to my family and me. I am passionate about ensuring that our community succeeds in the future. I believe that Middle Georgia can truly be a hub for economic growth, prosperity, and opportunity, but to do that, it’s vital that we have a hardworking conservative leader in the Senate.

In the Senate I will be a champion for the people of this district. I will work hard to protect our farmers and agribusinesses, eliminate burdensome regulations and taxes to foster job growth, fight tax increases and limit the size of government to protect our hardworking taxpayers, protect Robins Air Force Base, improve our schools and stand strong for our pro-life, pro-family, pro-second Amendment values. Regardless of the issue, I will be there for you, and I will not back down.

I am not seeking the spotlight or a title. I understand that our State Senate seat belongs to the people. I will never forget that. If elected, I will work hard for you, stand up for our conservative values, and do the right thing.

I humbly ask for your vote.

About John

John is currently the Managing Partner at the Macon-based law firm of James-Bates-Brannan-Groover, LLP where he specializes in complex commercial litigation, business transactions, and business disputes. John has been appointed by many judges around the state to serve as a court receiver and entrusted to manage and protect businesses and their assets for investors and the public.

John graduated from Mercer University with a degree in Economics in 1987, and earned his law degree from Mercer University School of Law in 1990.

Active in our community, John serves on the Board of Directors of the Macon Civic Club and serves on the Executive Board of Directors for the Central Georgia Council, Boy Scouts of America. He has served as President of the Macon Bar Association and is a member of the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia. John is also a Class of 2000 Graduate of Leadership Macon and a 2007 Graduate of Leadership Georgia. Georgia State House Speaker David Ralston appointed him to the Immigration Enforcement Review Board in 2013.

A committed family man, John has been married to the former Susan Eberhardt of Macon for 20 years. They are the proud parents of two children, Katherine and Will. The Kennedy’s reside in Bolingbroke in Monroe County and are active members of Ingleside Baptist Church.


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