DFER’s Regional President, South, Alisha Searcy Endorses Thirteen Candidates for Georgia Primaries

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May 14, 2024

May 14, 2024

Contact: Alisha Searcy

DFER Announces its Endorsement of Thirteen Candidates for Georgia Primary Elections

These candidates signal the first slate of endorsements for DFER’s new Southern region

ATLANTA, GA – Today, Democrats for Education Reform’s (DFER) Southern Region—currently covering Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina—announced its endorsement of thirteen education leaders running for seats in the Senate and House primaries in Georgia. DFER’s Regional President, South, Alisha Thomas Searcy, a former six-term State Representative from Cobb County and the 2022 Democratic nominee for State School Superintendent, released the following statement:

“We’re proud to support each one of these strong DFER Champions in their races,” said Searcy. “These candidates are prioritizing education issues that are focused on implementing and investing in the Science of Reading, ensuring we have a well-built and well compensated teacher pipeline, accountability in our schools, and ensuring parents have the ability to choose the schools that work best for their children within the public school system. We are proud to be aligned with such strong education reformers, and are looking forward to continuing our support throughout the duration of their campaigns.”

The thirteen candidates officially endorsed are:

  • Senate District 38: Rashaun Kemp
  • Senate District 34: Valencia Stovall
  • Senate District 33: Dr. Michael Rhett
  • Senate District 35: Donzella James
  • Senate District 6: Jason Esteves
  • House District 60: Sheila Jones
  • House District 74: Robert Flournoy
  • House District 59: Phil Olaleye
  • House District 76: Sandra Scott
  • House District 75: Michael Glanton Jr.
  • House District 61: Mekyah McQueen
  • House District 57: Stacey Evans
  • House District 150: Patty Stinson

DFER is looking forward to continuing to expand our presence in the Southern region, and is dedicated to electing Democratic champions for education reform up and down the ballot.