Jim Barker

Jim Barker


Current Position: Member, Marion Town Council
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2019 State Delegate



Source: Campaign page

I was born and raised in Marion, Virginia. I went through school in Marion and attended college at Virginia Tech. After a long, successful career with the U.S. Forest Service which included time spent as a law enforcement officer, I founded my own real estate appraisal business. Now I feel it’s time I use my education, experience, and skills on behalf of my fellow citizens.

As a town council member and throughout my varied background and experience in my federal career, I have developed a wide knowledge base that has helped me understand and appreciate many of the challenges of public service. I place a strong emphasis in creating positive change especially when change can improve a situation or program. During my federal career and now as a town council member, I strive to make everything work better and more efficiently.

I am a strong supporter of the U.S. and Commonwealth constitutions, our educators, our first responders, and law enforcement officers. I have experience in law enforcement and know how tough the job can be. I have served on the Marion Town Council from 2010 through the present and have worked hard make it a better place to live. Now I want to go to Richmond and work just as hard for everybody in District 6.

I want and will appreciate your vote on November 5th.


Work Experience





P.O. Box 1473
Marion, VA 24354
Phone: 276-685-2070


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Southwest Virginians need good jobs beyond service and make-work jobs. We need more highly skilled blue collar jobs which can offer salaries with which we can send our children to college, provide great family housing, and access the best health care.


We must ensure that our local schools and colleges are competitive with schools across the globe. We must reverse the shrinking state funding for education in our area. The salaries we pay our teachers must attract the best and most educated candidates.


Solving the Drug Crisis

Drug abuse is extremely damaging to our area. We must work with law enforcement, social agencies, medical providers, religious organizations, and schools in order to reverse the drug crisis in Southwest Virginia.



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