DFER’s Regional President, South, Alisha Thomas Searcy Congratulates Georgia Candidates for Primary Victories

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May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024

Contact: Alisha Thomas Searcy

DFER’s Regional President, South Congratulates Endorsed Georgia Candidates on Primary Victories

Of 8 contested races, DFER candidates won 3 incumbents spots, 2 new House seats; and 2 candidates running for open Senate seats are bound for June runoff

ATLANTA, GA (May 23, 2024) Today, DFER’s Regional President, South, Alisha Thomas Searcy, released the following statement congratulating DFER-endorsed Georgian candidates for their victories in both House and Senate races:

“We extend our heartfelt congratulations to these successful DFER candidates, and applaud both their dedication and well-earned victories,” said Thomas Searcy. “The successes of these education champions reflect voters’ demands for leaders who will advocate for a more innovative and equitable public education system for students, families, and teachers. We are proud to stand with each and every one of these legislators and look forward to working with them to build a stronger future for Georgia’s families.”

The official results are as follows:

  • Senate District 35: Incumbent Donzella James was re-elected to the district’s seat with 75% of the vote.
  • Senate District 33: Incumbent Dr. Michael Rhett was re-elected with 69% of the vote.
  • House District 60: Incumbent Sheila Jones was re-elected with 80% of the vote.
  • House District 61: Educator Mekyah McQueen was elected to this district’s seat with 65% of the vote.
  • House District 74: Robert Flournoy edged out his challenger with 51% of the vote for the seat.
  • Additionally, two DFER champions running for open State Senate seats both were top vote getters and will proceed to the runoff on June 18th, where 50% +1 is required for a win.

In total, of the 13 endorsed candidates, DFER maintained a 7:1 winning record. Moving forward, Thomas Searcy will continue to support the two candidates in their runoffs, and is preparing a convening of DFER endorsed Georgia candidates together to continue building DFER’s Southern network of Ed Reform Champions.