Barr is running for the 11th District seat now held by Phil Gingrey, who has announced he is running for the U.S. Senate in 2014.
Bacon, who has served as Smyrna’s mayor since 1985 and recently retired after a 40-year career with the U.S. Postal Service, said he’s known Barr for about 20 years and believes Barr shares the same values as many Americans.
“He’s always made himself accessible to the public and always been very good to work with,” Bacon said. “I’ve always known him to be a very good man with high values. He’s very much a Constitution man.”
Bacon said his role on the campaign trail will involve raising money and helping to get out Barr’s message, which has recently focused intensely on fiscal conservatism.
Fundraising and spreading the word were some of the challenges Bacon said might come up, which he noted are usually the biggest obstacles in most modern campaigns.
“It just takes a lot of money in this day and time for anybody to run for office,” Bacon said. “I don’t know if it’s a challenge, but it is what it is. Its so different — when I ran (for mayor) 30-something years ago, it was about getting stuff mailed out. Now there’s new social media. It’s just entirely different now… but (Barr) is going to get his message out through whatever means necessary.”
Barr, who spent Monday in both Bartow County and Atlanta already hot on the campaign trail, said he was impressed with Bacon’s civic commitment and knowledge of Cobb.
A Smyrna resident himself, Barr said he felt Bacon’s selection shows his campaign places a high value on Cobb voters.
“I could think of no better person to head up Cobb than Max,” Barr said.
Barr, who was previously a Libertarian party leader, said he felt Bacon’s political views matched well with his own.
“I worked with Max while in Congress previously on issues regarding federal funding, federal grants, federal regulations and we always found ourselves to be on the same wavelength,” Barr said. “He is a fiscal conservative. He knows what works and knows how to efficiently run a local government.”
Bacon joins former state Rep. Tom Wilder (R-east Cobb), who will serve as Barr’s overall district wide campaign chair, and metro Atlanta county leaders including Bartow County commission chair Mike Powell, Cherokee County’s county manager Jerry Cooper, restaurant owner Dante Stephensen of Dante’s Down the Hatch in Fulton County and Jay Wallace, owner of Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, who will serve as finance chair.
“I think he’s assembled a great group of folks, except for me,” Bacon joked.
Barr served in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. The primary to choose a Republican nominee is still about a year away.
Others who have jumped into the race to date include Ed Lindsey (R-Buckhead), State Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville) and Tricia Pridemore, a Marietta businesswoman.
Barr’s campaign will take to Adventure Outdoors on South Cobb Drive on Thursday for a fundraiser barbecue and auction beginning at 6 p.m.