Our campaign is SO proud to OFFICIALLY announce the FULL endorsement of the Georgia Federation of Teachers! AH-MAZING! As a Georgia public school kid and our next State Representative I’m going to be the strongest possibly ally for our kids’ schools and Georgia teachers.Thank you, GFT!
Georgia Teachers Endorse Park Cannon for House!
(Old Fourth Ward) Today the Georgia Federation of Teachers officially endorsed Park Cannon for Georgia House District 58 in the special election runoff to be heldTuesday, Feb. 16th. The election will decide who will replace former Rep. Simone Bell who stepped down last year to accept a job with Lambda Legal.
“We are proud to endorse a Georgia pubic school student turned Georgia public school ally in this very important race,” said Verdaillia Turner, GFT President. “She is a consistent community leader with a strong voice and integrity.”
Park Cannon is a Georgia native, a longtime Old Fourth Ward resident, a lifelong Democrat, professionally she is a black women’s wellness and reproductive justice advocate, and she is a first time political candidate.
Park Cannon faced former state representative and perennial candidate Ralph Long and community activist Kwame Thompson in the primary on Tuesday, Jan. 19th. Cannon took a strong lead going into the runoff with 47 percent of the vote to Long’s 33 percent of the vote.
She is endorsed by Rep. Simone Bell, Georgia WIN List, Georgia Equality, Georgia Stonewall Democrats, Victory Fund, Atlanta Progressive News, numerous other legislators and others.
The Georgia Federation of Teachers is part of the American Federation of Teachers and was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers. It is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO. The AFT has more than 3,000 local affiliates nationwide, 43 state affiliates, and more than 1.3 million members.
Five divisions within the organization represent the broad spectrum of AFT’s membership: teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel (PSRP); local, state and federal employees; higher education faculty and staff; and nurses and other healthcare professionals. In addition, the union includes more than 170,000 retiree members.