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13 November 2013

Cobb County Lawmaker Announces Campaign for State School Superintendent

Tuesday, state Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan (D - Austell) announced that she would be running for State School Superintendent in 2014.

Surrounded by children and supporters at the State Capitol, Morgan said, "I have dedicated my life to serving youth and to seeing that every child has an opportunity to succeed.

"As a mom of a first grader, this is personal. I only get one shot to get it right for my daughter Lailah. I don’t have 10 or 20 years to do so, just one. I’m going to bring the kind of leadership to the Department of Education that puts students first and brings adults together from all communities including education, civic, faith and business," Morgan continued.

Currently in her fifth term as a member of the Georgia House, Alisha Thomas Morgan made history in 2002, when she became the youngest person ever elected to the Georgia General Assembly.

To date, Morgan is the only Democrat running to succeed Republican John Barge as State School Superintendent. Barge is leaving the post to run for Governor.

Former DeKalb County School Board member Nancy Jester is the only announced Republican in the race for State School Superintendent.