Kim A. Barton was elected Alachua County Supervisor of Elections in August 2016. In so doing, she became the first African-American elected Alachua County Supervisor of Elections. She is chiefly responsible for administering elections and voter registration in the county. She takes great pride in the fact that it is her responsibility to serve all Alachua County residents.
The daughter of Everett Davis Jr. and Gertrude Davis, Barton was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. After graduating from high school in 1980, she received a basketball scholarship to attend Connors State College in Warner, Oklahoma. She led her team to its first National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament and was named a First-Team NJCAA All-American. Barton was recruited by Debbie Yow to play NCAA Division I women’s basketball for Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. When Yow became the head coach of the University of Florida women’s basketball team, Barton followed and became a proud “Lady Gator.”
Barton graduated from the University of Florida in 1985 with a degree in advertising from the College of Journalism and Communications. Following graduation, she worked as a public assistance specialist for the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Service’s Medically Needy Program and then as program coordinator for the department’s One Church, One Child adoption program, where she was responsible for identifying prospective adoptive families for black children in the foster care system.
She came to the Alachua County Supervisor of Elections office in 1993 as its first outreach coordinator, working under then-Supervisor Beverly Hill. In 2006, she was promoted to outreach director, a position she served in until her election.
She credits her passion for voting and civic engagement to her parents, who were very involved in civil rights era community organizing and participated in get-out-the-vote and voter registration efforts.
A member of the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections, Barton serves on the association’s education, ERIC (Electronic Registration Information Center) implementation, legislative and scholarship committees. She is also a member of the Election Center, a graduate of The Gainesville Sun's Focus on Leadership Program (Class of 1994), a member of Florida Civic Advance's Voter Education and Civic Engagement Workgroup, and serves on the Center for Technology and Civic Life's Advisory Committee.
Barton’s husband, James, is a retired state of Florida correctional officer. The two are active members of Gainesville’s Compassionate Outreach Ministries. When not at work, she enjoys empowering and influencing the lives of youth in the community and her church.
Awards and Honors
- Black Woman of Distinction | Actors' Warehouse (2019)
- Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Award | Rosa Parks Quiet Courage Committee (2018)
- Outstanding Elected Official | League of Women Voters of Alachua County/Gainesville (2018)
- Professional of the Month | Gainesville Black Professionals (2017)
- Violette Anderson Award | Delta Sigma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. (2017)
- Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Outstanding Contributions in Public Policy | Alachua County Democratic Executive Committee (2017)
- Ebony Appreciation Legacy Award: Pioneering Spirit in the Area of Community Service (2013)
- Outstanding Community Service Award | League of Women Voters of Alachua County (2009)
- Barbara Higgins Award for Community Service | Alachua County Democratic Black Caucus (2008)
- Alachua County Community Service Award | Citizens Academy for Community Service (2007)
- Connors State College Athletic Hall of Fame | Connors State College Athletics (2012 — Inaugural Class)