Charles Bailey

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Charlie Bailey is a native Georgian from Harris County. He graduated from the University of Georgia with bachelor’s degrees in political science and religion, along with a law degree, and is currently an attorney at Cook & Connelly, LLC.

After graduating from law school, Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes hired Bailey into his law firm. Soon after, he was named the senior assistant attorney general of Fulton County’s Organized Crime and Gang Unit.

Bailey has also been involved in the political sphere, acting as political coordinator for Former Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor and managing a race in the 10th Congressional District. In 2018, he was the Democratic nominee for the attorney general race, but lost by a narrow margin.

Bailey is involved in nonprofits, notably as a founding board member of Amplify My Community, which has raised $350,000 for local poverty and homelessness through music festivals, concerts, and events.

Key Issues

Healthcare

Bailey supports expansion of Medicaid to provide health insurance to more low-income Americans.

Crime

Bailey wants to combat organized crime syndicates. He promotes funding for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s state crime lab to reduce administrative backlogs of thousands of ballistics tests and sexual assault kits that lead to wait times of months, or even years. Bailey also supports increasing police officers’ wages to keep them out of poverty and providing tools to screen for and recruit talents for law enforcement. He discusses having sufficient police training to keep citizens and officers safe.

Education

Bailey advocates for greater funding directed towards schools, reduced class sizes, and higher teacher salaries. He discusses holding big corporations accountable for contributing towards school funds.

Endorsements

Congressman Hank Johnson, Congresswoman Lucy McBath, Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, Former Georgia Lieutenant Governor Mark Taylor, Former Minority Leader & Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia DuBose Porter, State Senator Michelle Au, Former State Senator Jason Carter, Former State Senator Steve Henson, State Rep. Spencer Frye, State Rep. Angelika Kausche, State Rep. Al Williams, State Rep. Miriam Paris, Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Amir Farokhi (Atlanta City Council), Jason Winston (Atlanta City Council), Mayor Kelly Girtz (Athens-Clarke), Mayor Pro Tem Russell Edwards (Athens-Clarke), Mayor Pro Tem Seth Clark (Macon-Bibb), DA Patsy Austin-Gatson (Gwinnett County), DA Dalia Racine (Douglas County), County Commissioner Ted Terry (DeKalb County)

Sources

charlieforgeorgia.com

redandblack.com

cookconnelly.com