Alisha Thomas Morgan

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Alisha Thomas Morgan
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Georgia House of Representatives District 39
Incumbent
In office
January 13, 2003 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2015
Years in position 11
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$17,341.68/year
Per diem$173/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionJuly 22, 2014
First elected2002
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSpelman College, 2000
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 5, 1978
Place of birthMiami, FL
ProfessionNon-Profit Manager/Motivational Speaker
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
CandidateVerification
Alisha Thomas Morgan is a Democratic member of the Georgia House of Representatives, representing District 39. She was first elected to the chamber in 2002.

Morgan ran for Georgia State Superintendent of Schools in 2014.[1] She announced her candidacy on Nov. 12, 2013. She lost to Valarie Wilson in the Democratic primary runoff election on July 22, 2014.

Biography

Morgan's professional experience includes working as a non-profit manager, motivational speaker, political talk show host on 1380 WAOK Atlanta and Southern Regional Organizer for the Alliance for Justice from 2000-2003.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Morgan served on the following committees:

Georgia Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations
Education
Governmental Affairs
Health and Human Services
Juvenile Justice

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Morgan served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Morgan served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Georgia down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Morgan ran for Georgia State Superintendent of Schools in 2014.[1] She lost the Democratic nomination in the primary runoff against Valarie Wilson on July 22, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Election Results

Primary Runoff - July 22, 2014

Georgia State Superintendents of Schools, Democratic Primary Runoff, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngValarie Wilson 54.4% 73,711
Alisha Thomas Morgan 45.6% 61,846
Total Votes 135,557
Election Results Via:Georgia Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

Democratic Primary - May 20, 2014

Georgia Superintendent of Schools, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngValarie Wilson 32.6% 96,849
Green check mark transparent.pngAlisha Thomas Morgan 26.4% 78,460
Denise Freeman 18.3% 54,428
Tarnisha Dent 13.5% 40,007
Jurita Forehand Mays 5.7% 16,818
Rita Robinzine 3.6% 10,609
Total Votes 297,171
Election Results Via:Georgia Secretary of State Election Results.

Race backround

In the May 20 primary election, neither of the crowded Democratic and Republican fields for Georgia State Superintendent of Schools managed to produce a candidate with at least 50 percent of the vote in their respective primaries.[2] As a result, the top two vote-getters from each race competed in a runoff on July 22 to decide who would advance to the general election: state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan and former Decatur School Board Chairwoman Valarie Wilson for the Democrats; chief academic officer for the state Department of Education Mike Buck and veteran Irwin County educator Richard Woods for the Republicans.[3][4][5][6]

Wilson was declared the Democratic nominee for Georgia State Superintendent of Schools over state Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan late on May 20, while the GOP runoff between Buck and Woods was too close to call.[7][8][9] [10] With 100 percent precincts fully reported the day after, excluding provisional ballots, Woods led by less than 730 votes out of about 397,800 cast—well below the one percent margin Georgia election law deems necessary to conduct a recount.[11][9] The outcome remained a mystery until Thursday, July 31, when the ensuing recount concluded that Woods had won the race by a mere 713 votes.[12]

As the sole open state executive seat in the 2014 elections, the superintendent race was expected to draw a substantial lineup of hopefuls. Outgoing incumbent John Barge, a Republican first elected Georgia's state schools chief in 2010, decided to forgo a possible re-election bid this year, instead setting his sights on the governorship. Though a crushing defeat to current Gov. Nathan Deal in the GOP primary brought an early end to Barge's gubernatorial campaign, he was unable to join in the superintendent ballot after the fact. Barge's choice was unique among the 10-man, all-Republican roster of Georgia state executive incumbents, all of whom are considered likely to be re-elected, and has exposed the superintendent's office as a target for Democrats looking to gain a foothold in the executive branch of the state government.[13][14]

The race attracted additional media attention for its relevance to the nationwide discussion about Common Core. The Georgia State Superintendent of Schools plays a critical role in the implementation of the controversial new education standards. Unsurprisingly, the top candidates all faced heavy scrutiny over their stances on the issue during their primary campaigns and the matter will no doubt be a centerpiece of ensuing debates between the nominees.

Of the Republicans, Buck supported Georgia's persistent relationship with the standards, touting the stability Common Core can provide from year to year. Woods, however, has reservations about Common Core, saying if elected he would review both Common Core as well as the new Common Core-aligned "Georgia Milestones" testing regime currently deep in the development stage.[15]

On the Democratic side, both Wilson and Morgan supported staying the course on the state's implementation of Common Core during their primary campaigns. With that agreed upon, each candidate sought to prove she was the better qualified. Wilson, who finished first in the primary and edged out Morgan in the runoff, brings an established base of support among education authorities from her years as Decatur School Board Chairwoman and President of the Georgia School Boards Association. Wilson's campaign focused on promoting traditional public schools as well as her ample management experience. Wilson openly criticized Morgan's advocacy for school choice and voucher or school tax credit programs while serving in the state legislature.[16] Morgan more recently endeared herself to influential Democratic establishment leaders by championing a fight against an anti-Common Core bill in the state Senate.[15]

2012

See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2012

Morgan ran in the 2012 election for Georgia House of Representatives District 39. Morgan ran against Anne Taylor in the Democratic primary on July 31, 2012. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.[17] Morgan ran unopposed in the general election.[18]

Georgia House of Representatives, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAlisha T. Morgan Incumbent 100% 16,665
Total Votes 16,665

2010

See also: Georgia House of Representatives elections, 2010

Morgan ran for re-election to the 39th District seat in 2010. No one filed to run against her in the general election. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.[19]

Georgia House of Representatives, District 39 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Alisha Thomas Morgan (D) 10,920 100.0%

She defeated Beth Gray in the July 20 primary by a margin of 2,296-831.[20]

Georgia House of Representatives, District 39 - Democratic Primary (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Alisha Thomas Morgan 2,296 73.4%
Betty Gray 831 26.6%

2008

In 2008 Morgan was re-elected to the Georgia House of Representatives District 39. Morgan (D) finished with 14,178 votes while her opponent Chris Cooper (R) finished with 5,369 votes.[21] Morgan raised $32,781 for her campaign fund.[22]

Georgia House of Representatives District 39
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Alisha Thomas Morgan (D) 14,178
Chris Cooper (R) 5,369

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Morgan is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Morgan raised a total of $226,552 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 23, 2013.[23]

Alisha Thomas Morgan's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Georgia State House, District 39 Won $54,323
2010 Georgia State House, District 39 Won $50,959
2008 Georgia State House, District 39 Won $32,781
2006 Georgia State House, District 39 Won $14,108
2004 Georgia State House, District 39 Won $74,381
Grand Total Raised $226,552

2012

Morgan won re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Morgan raised a total of $54,323.
Georgia House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Alisha Thomas Morgan's campaign in 2012
American Federation for Children$4,900
21$2,400
Studentsfirst$2,000
Mitchell, Richard C$1,750
Lee, Barbara$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$54,323
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Morgan won re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Morgan raised a total of $50,959.

2008

Morgan won re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2008. During that election cycle, Morgan raised a total of $32,781.

2006

Morgan won re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006. During that election cycle, Morgan raised a total of $14,108.

2004

Morgan won election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2004. During that election cycle, Morgan raised a total of $74,381.

Personal

Morgan is a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, State President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People - Youth and College Division, founder of the Niamani Project, and member of the Joseph E. Lowery Institute Board.[24]

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2014

In 2014, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 13 through March 21.[25]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "important to Georgia's economy."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "important to Georgia's economy."

2012

In 2012, the Georgia State Legislature was in session from January 9 through March 29.[26]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "important to Georgia's economy."

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Marietta Daily Journal, "Morgan to run for Ga. Superintendent," November 13, 2013
  2. Georgia Election Results, Secretary of State, "Primary Statewide Election Results," accessed July 21, 2014
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  7. abc walbnews10, "Richard Woods awaits final results, running for School Superintendent," July 23, 2014
  8. The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, "Recount looks likely in Republican superintendent race," July 23, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Rome News-Tribune, "UPDATE: Woods edges Buck for Georgia Superintendent Republican runoff, results within margin for recount," July 23, 2014
  10. Georgia Election Results, Secretary of State, "Primary Statewide Election Results," accessed July 21, 2014
  11. Georgia Secretary of State Election Results, "General Primary Runoff and General Nonpartisan Election Runoff July 22, 2014," accessed July 23, 2014
  12. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "Buck loses recount in Georgia GOP schools race," July 31, 2014
  13. Cook Political Report, "2014 Governors Race Ratings for July 18, 2014," July 18, 2014
  14. Georgia Secretary of State, "Qualifying Candidate Information," accessed May 19, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "State school chief candidates in the final stretch. No idea who will prevail," July 14, 2014
  16. GPB News, "Voters To Choose Democratic Superintendent Candidate Tuesday," July 17, 2014
  17. Georgia Secretary of State Elections Division, "Candidate List," accessed May 29, 2012
  18. Georgia Elections Division, "2012 Election Results" accessed November 16, 2012
  19. Georgia Secretary of State, "Official 2010 Election results," accessed April 16, 2014
  20. Georgia Secretary of State, "Official 2010 Primary election results," accessed April 16, 2014
  21. Georgia Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed April 16, 2014
  22. Campaign funds
  23. followthemoney.org, "Morgan, Alisha Thomas," accessed August 23, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Morgan
  25. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed August 4, 2014
  26. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 29, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
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Georgia House of Representatives District 39
2003–present
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