Tyrone Tea Party activist tosses hat in ring for District 16 Senate race


    Republican businessman and Tea party activist Marty Harbin announced Feb. 21 his candidacy for Georgia State Senate in the 16th district.

    Harbin promised to fight for less government, more personal responsibility, and a better Georgia.

    Current Senator Ronnie Chance announced his retirement last week after 10 years in the legislature.

    “Ronnie is a good friend and I honor him for giving many years of his life to public service,” said Harbin. “In light of Ronnie’s retirement, I would be honored to represent the voters of the 16th district in the state Senate.”

    “I’ve been involved in conservative politics for almost 30 years,” said Harbin. “I have served in volunteer positions in many campaigns for state, local, and national office including Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign.”

    Harbin is a founding member of the South Atlanta Tea Party and has spoken at Tea Party events across the Third Congressional District. He serves on the Third District Committee as First Vice Chairman and served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 2012.

    “As a small business owner and Tea Party conservative, I believe I bring the right experience to serve all the people of Fayette, Lamar, Spalding, and Pike counties in the state Senate.”

    Harbin, a native Georgian, graduated from Georgia State University with a B.B.A. He began his insurance career with The Harbin Agency in 1977 and earned his Certified Insurance Counselor designation in 1993. He is the owner/president of The Harbin Agency, Inc., an independent insurance agency, which employees 17 associates. He is also a registered representative with Woodbury Financial Services, Inc.

    Marty and Debbie Harbin have been married for over 35 years. They have six children and four grandchildren. They live in Tyrone and are active members of Fayetteville First Baptist Church where Marty serves as deacon and Sunday school teacher.

    Citizens with questions, comments, or who wish to volunteer to get involved with the campaign are encouraged to email votemartyharbin@gmail.com, or call 404-216-3865.