State Rep. Barbara Massey Reece (D-Menlo) officially qualified Tuesday as a candidate for re-election to the District 11 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.

“I appreciate the privilege of representing the people of Chattooga and Floyd counties at the State Capitol,” said Rep. Reece, who is seeking her seventh term in the state legislature. “If re-elected, I will continue to support public education at all levels, work to strengthen our local economy and enhance job opportunities and protect the interest of taxpayers by restoring fiscal responsibility to state government.”

A native of the 11th District, Rep. Reece was a classroom teacher for 30 years, a home economist in the Extension Service and a small business co-owner. She was twice named Teacher of the Year and received the Community Service Award from the Modern Woodmen of America for her work with children and the elderly. She has been active in the Chattooga County Chamber of Commerce and was a charter member of Leadership Chattooga. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center.

An experienced legislator, she serves on the House Education Committee, the Legislative & Congressional Reapportionment Committee, the Science & Technology Committee and the State Institutions & Property Committee. She has served as Secretary of the House Rural Caucus since its inception eight years ago.

Rep. Reece was named Legislator of the Year by the Georgia Industrial Technology Education Association, the Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education and the Georgia Rural Health Association. During her service in the General Assembly, she has also earned recognition from Women Looking Ahead Inc., the North Georgia committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities, North Georgia Community Action Inc., Georgia Trend magazine, the Chattooga County Democratic Association and Rome News Tribune Women’s World.

She has also received numerous honors from Georgia Conservation Voters for her advocacy in protecting the environment, promoting water conservation and protecting water basins. Commissioner Pete Wheeler and the Board of Veterans Affairs honored Rep. Reece on two occasions with commendation for her efforts on behalf of Georgia’s veterans.

Rep. Reece has a daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Jeff Floyd, four grandchildren and a great-grandchild. She and her family attend Oak Hill Methodist Church near Menlo.

“I look forward to visiting all the communities of the 11th District and talking with fellow citizens about the issues facing our area and the state of Georgia over the course of the upcoming campaign,” Rep. Reece said. “I humbly ask for your vote, your support and most of all your prayers in the weeks and months ahead.”