And the race begins…

Oglethorpe University encourages its students to think outside the box, solve problems, get involved in their communities and become movers and shakers.

So it’s no wonder that the university had three alumni running for local political offices, and one alumnus who had served 18 years in office.

Dar’shun Kendrick ’04 ran for State Representative from House District 94 representing Lithonia and Conyers, Ga. She focused on education, transportation, economic development and ethics. After Dar’shun graduated from Oglethorpe University, she obtained a law degree from the University of Georgia. She owns Kendrick Law Practice in Lithonia, Ga.

Christopher McFadden ’80 was a candidate for Judge, Court of Appeals of Georgia. Some interesting facts about Chris: he was the first author of Georgia Appellate Practice, the leading reference book on Georgia appeals; he was an appellate lawyer with more than 20 years experience handling a wide variety of cases in the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Court of Appeals; he was a defender of the ideal of a fair and impartial judiciary; he was the founder of the Appellate Practice Section of the State Bar of Georgia; and he authored part of the Appellate Practice Act.

Alex Johnson ’07 ran for the State Senate District 41 seat in Georgia. Alex graduated from Oglethorpe University with a BA in politics, and he is a graduate of Georgia State University College of Law.

With three running for office, one Oglethorpe University alumnus left a political office he’s had for 18 years in 2010.

Robert “Bobby” Baker ’79 was the longest serving member of the state Public Service Commission and the commission’s best known advocate for utility consumers. He has been recognized on numerous occasions by both Georgia Trend magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the city and state’s most influential leaders. He has served on the board of directors for the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT) and also as Vice-Chairman of the Gwinnett County Planning Commission. Read the AJC article about Bobby’s decision to not run again after 18 years on the PSC.