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Georgia Political Papers and Oral History Program

The Georgia Political Papers and Oral History Program is comprised of over 3,000 linear feet of archival collections, along with an extensive number of oral history interviews, that document the unique political culture of the state of Georgia.

Tracy P. Stallings

Tracy P. Stallings (1932-2008) was elected Democratic representative in 1994 for the 100th District, serving as vice chairman of the Banking Committee. The retired administrator of the University of West Georgia and mayor of Carrollton began his career in newspapers. He was a consultant with Southwire and maintained an office with the city of Carrollton until his death.; Interviewed by Dr. Mel Steely on September 22nd, 1999 at UWG-TV studios.; Stallings begins by telling of his childhood in Carrollton, GA - his schooling and church involvement. He speaks of his early interest in law and journalism, and the spelling bee that ultimately led to his becoming a sports writer while still in high school. He reminisces about Carrollton in his youth and speaks of landmarks, such as theaters where he used to watch films. Stallings talks about industry in Carrollton, and the shift that occurred from Mandeville Mills to Southwire as the leader of the local economy. Stallings then talks about pursuing a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, where he worked for a quarter as editor of the student-run newspaper, the Red and Black. After having served stateside during the Korean War, Stallings got involved with the newspaper industry in Atlanta then took a position in public relations at West Georgia College. Stallings speaks at length about his time at the college, talking about the turmoil and riots that had occurred during the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights era. He goes on to discuss the various university presidents he had served with, most notably Maurice Townsend. The discussion moves into Stallings pursuit of politics and his decision to run for mayor of Carrollton, GA in the 1970s. He talks about many of the issues that he had to deal with while acting as mayor for nearly fourteen years and discusses his decision to pursue legislation beyond the county level.