A LEADER WHO LISTENS ATTENTIVELY AND IS READY TO SERVE THE CITIZENS OF MOBILE AND DISTRICT SEVEN
ENDORSE BY THE ALABAMA DEMOCRATIC CONFERENCE
Allan Julian Barnes is a fifth-generation native of Mobile, Alabama, and a 1974 graduate of John S. Shaw High School. High school was the training ground where Barnes became vested in assuring that his fellow students were represented fairly, and received an education in an environment as free from discrimination as possible. Together with other select students in the art department, he worked diligently to create a mascot that would represent the entire student body, changing the then, Rebel, mascot to the Eagle. This mascot was erected years after his graduation, and is still representing the school and is symbolic of freedom and strength. Barnes, a natural leader, used his talents to encourage others who also wanted to seek change. In that way, he advocated for change, not only in school, but was proactive in his own community, by standing against injustices. In doing so, he realized, even at a young age, that part of his life’s calling would include unifying people to stand up for themselves and their beliefs.
Once Barnes returned to his home state of Alabama, he began to study, preparing himself to serve in the honorable field of criminal justice by training as an officer. After graduating from Tuscaloosa Law Enforcement Academy, he served as a devoted officer of law enforcement for more than ten years before retiring. Those who met or had exchanges with him in his official capacity bore witness to the unique approach he applied, demonstrated by a deeper calling within him - a call to help and truly serve others. That concern for humanity is an admirable one, that he never set himself apart from others in society or the community he protected and served. This allowed him, what he considers, “a great privilege to work with such a diverse group of people in law enforcement and on the street, from all walks of life.” He still believes in his heart, that law enforcement officers are the only community servants in continual touch with the communities they serve. It is with this passionate belief and drive that he now considers the prospect of serving you, the Citizens of Mobile as your City Councilman for District Seven.