DFER’s Alisha Thomas Searcy Congratulates Georgia Primary Candidates

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June 20, 2024

June 20, 2024

Contact: Lynn Sexton

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

With the latest victory secured in the June 18 runoff by RaShaun Kemp,
DFER maintains an 8:2 winning record.

ATLANTA, GA (June 20, 2024)Today, DFER’s Regional President, South, Alisha Thomas Searcy, released the following statement congratulating DFER endorsed Georgia Primary candidates for their respective hard work and hard won victory:

“In our first Southern political races, we’ve laid a strong foundation for education reform,” said Thomas Searcy. “RaShaun Kemp’s thrilling victory in Senate District 38 made history as he will become the first openly gay man to serve the Georgia State Senate. Both RaShaun’s win and Valencia Stovall’s resilience during a difficult campaign taught us invaluable lessons for future Southern races. We’re proud of all of our candidates this Primary season and are excited to continue to support education reform champions who seek a future where all students thrive.”

The Georgia Primary Elections ended on the Primary Runoff on June 18th, 2024. The official results are as follows:

  • Senate District 38: Public charter schools champion Rashaun Kemp was elected with 60% of the vote.
  • 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.

The following candidates are DFER Endorsed and did not face opposition in this election cycle.

  • Senate District 6: Jason Esteves
  • House District 59: Phil Olaleye
  • House District 76: Sandra Scott

In total, of the 13 endorsed candidates, DFER maintained an 8:2 winning record.