Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, who is a current Democratic Candidate for Governor of Georgia, was in Chattooga County Friday evening to speak at the annual meeting of the Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce.

David Tidmore with the Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce told AM 1180 that he was well pleased with the large number of Chattooga Countians that turned out to hear the former governor, despite the bad weather Friday.

Barnes was introduced by Summerville attorney Bobby Lee Cook.  Cook said that he and Barnes first met in a courtroom when Barnes was working as an assistant District Attorney.  Cook said that Barnes first administration was marked by high ethical standards and Cook also said "never was a teacher in Georgia asked to take one furlough day" during the Barnes administration.

Barnes spoke about how the State of Georgia was for many years at the forefront of the economic revival in the South and now the center of business seems to be shifting towards Charlotte, North Carolina.  Barnes said that with the proper leadership, Georgia could once again be at the forefront in economic terms.

Barnes faces several candidates in the upcoming Democratic primary for governor, including current Attorney General Thurbert Baker and former head of the Georgia National Gaurd, David Poythress.