Bob Gibeling, a Buckhead resident for the last 31 years, kicked off his run for the Georgia House District 54 on Thursday morning at the Garden Hills Recreation Center.
“I’m running to bring a fresh style of leadership to this amazing Buckhead community. I’ll find common ground to make Georgia Government work smarter and inspire people to cooperate across the many lines that others use to divide us,” stated Gibeling in a release. “Don’t let my cooperative spirit mislead you. I’m not afraid to tackle tough issues like traffic calming to preserve our neighborhoods, advocating for women’s health and safety issues, working to pass a fair employment policy law in Georgia that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, support for public schools and being a champion for seniors." “The people of this district are some of the most reasonable, rational and good hearted people you can find. The extreme positions we see in Georgia politics are not representative of the people of the 54th District,” he stated in the release. “I was once an active Republican many years ago, but have seen that party become dominated by its radical voices. That’s one reason I am running as an independent thinking Democrat.”
Gibeling is a Georgia Tech graduate and has an MBA. Gibeling served as the first Director of Advertising for the Weather Channel when it was a start-up television network. As lifelong Lutheran who was elected four times to the governing council of Redeemer Lutheran Church, the largest Lutheran congregation in the South, Gibeling took an early retirement from Lutheran Services of Georgia to organize this campaign.