Glynn County businessman John McCallum recently announced his candidacy for Congress in Georgia’s 1st District, according to a news release.
McCallum is seeking the Republican nomination for the seat, bringing the number of candidates for the GOP’s blessing to seek the position to five. He joins Buddy Carter, Darwin Carter, Jeff Chapman and Bob Johnson in running for the seat currently held by Jack Kingston. Kingston is vacating the seat to run for U.S. Senate. According to Kingston’s website, the 1st District is comprised of 17 counties, including Bryan, Chatham, Liberty and Long.
“I am running because we are at a tipping point between two vastly different visions for our country’s future,” McCallum said. “There are two camps competing for the hearts and minds of the American people. I believe our country’s greatness rests in the power of the American people. Our opponents believe our greatness lies in our government. These two visions are at war with each other — both cannot win — and liberty hangs in the balance.
“It’s time to send people to Washington who are willing to defend the Constitution, not the status quo. I’m ready suit up, buckle my chinstrap and get in the game. And while this may be a sacrifice for my family, I simply cannot sit on the sidelines anymore.”
McCallum is the managing partner at JAM Capital Partners, a private-investment group.
His political career began in the summer of 1993, when he landed an unpaid internship with then-U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich of Georgia. McCallum later was hired as a legislative aide for Gingrich when Gingrich became speaker of the House. McCallum ran for Georgia secretary of state in 1998.
“I have lived the American Dream,” McCallum said, “and I want future generations to have the same opportunities for success and failure as I had. But with $17 trillion in debt and $86 trillion in unfunded entitlement debt, America’s strength is diminished. Our future is uncertain.”
McCallum lives in Glynn County with his wife, former Miss America Heather Whitestone McCallum, and their four sons, John, James, Wilson and Liam.