Hometown Hoschton, GA
Birthday Dec. 26
Bio Deanna Allen is the local editor for the Barrow Patch. She is a native of Georgia who grew up in Jackson County, attended elementary, middle and high school locally and moved just 50 miles away for college. After graduating in 2006 from Piedmont College with a bachelor's degree in mass communications and political science, she worked as a reporter for the Barrow County News before taking a job as a copy editor and page designer for the Gwinnett Daily Post. After about a year, Deanna returned to writing as a features and lifestyles reporter for the Daily Post. She lives in a quiet subdivision in Winder with her two Boxer bulldogs, Louie and Sophie.
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I am an aspiring political atheist — I want to remain independent of any political party's ideologies and agenda and base my opinions and voting decisions on what I believe best serves the citizens of this country. That being said, I stress the word aspiring, as I have a tendency to lean toward Republican viewpoints on many issues facing Americans today but still retain a liberal outlook.
I grew up attending a Methodist church. While I personally have deep faith in God and Jesus Christ, I am less religious and more spiritual. I also recognize there are many spiritual and religious paths one might take and aspire to be as understanding and respectful of others as possible. We are all trying to find our way in this world.