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Joel James, (far right), the son of immigrants, joined volunteers on Saturday morning, Feb. 24, at Dallas County Republican headquarters to call voters to remind them that Early Voting has begun and continues through this Friday. Joel, a twin, earned a Political Science degree from Kennesaw State in Georgia, then attended Liberty University in Virginia to receive a master’s in Public Policy.

Georgia Transplant Joel James Works to Make a Difference, and Invites his Fellow Millennials to Join Him

Based out of the Dallas County Republican party headquarters, Joel James works as the Regional Field Director and says, “I help with phone banking, canvassing, and volunteering throughout the DFW area.” Joel also helps instruct the cutting edge Republican Leadership Institute (RLI) training in Dallas County.

He’s been here since August of 2017. Before this, he was in Atlanta, Georgia working for a boutique lobbying firm for two years.

The youngest of three boys, he has an older brother Mahlon, who lives close to Mar a Lago, and a twin brother Chris (who is two minutes older) an accountant in Atlanta. All three graduated from Sprayberry H.S in Marietta, Georgia. Both Joel’s parents, Selvyn & Laura Mae, are nurses, and they met in church in Jamaica.

He earned his Political Science degree from Kennesaw State in Georgia, then Liberty University in Virginia to receive a master’s in Public Policy.

Why is he working for the Republican party? Joel says, “George W Bush. He’s my favorite president – compassionate conservative, rugged individualism and his policies, No Child Left Behind Act. He’s one of my heroes! He and Colin Powell.” Joel was in high school when George W. Bush was president and has been interested in politics ever since.

One of his favorite TV shows growing up was The West Wing, and he admired Dule’ Hill, who played the personal presidential aid in the series. His favorite actor today is academy-award winner Mahershala Ali who plays Remy on House of Cards.

Joel says his ideal volunteer is someone who wants to learn the election process, how to work with campaigns and learn campaign technology. Age is not factor. “Ten to 110!” He says.

If you're interested in learning about elections in a grass-roots, hands-on lesson, contact him or call him: 404-219-4896. High school and college student volunteers are welcome.

The Dallas County Republican Headquarters has recently moved from its long-time headquarters on Greenville Avenue and is now located off Forest Lane in Lake Highlands.

Early voting runs Monday through Friday, March 2nd 7:00 a.m. - 7 p.m. You can vote at any early voting polling location. Visit for the voting location closest to you. 

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