How Elections Will Affect State School Superintendent Seats in 2014

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How Elections Will Affect State School Superintendent Seats in 2014

Georgia: Republican Superintendent John Barge is running for governor, leaving a crowded, wide-open race to succeed him. Two of the five Republicans expected to make a run have previously served as school board members — Nancy Jester of DeKalb County and Matt Schultz of Bartow County. Two others, Kira Willis and Richard Woods, ran for superintendent in 2010, Willis as a Libertarian. The fifth Republican looking at the race is Fitz Johnson, a retired Army officer and community activist.

While Democrats have had trouble fielding successful statewide candidates in recent years, the party does have an intriguing candidate for superintendent in 2014: state Rep. Alisha Morgan, who is described as a dynamic legislator.

Morgan is “pro-school choice, including vouchers and charter schools, and pro-Common Core,” says Michael Petrilli, executive vice president of the pro-school-reform Thomas B. Fordham Institute. “She’s very solid on education reform,” which could enable her to appeal to centrists in both parties.

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