Democratic ballot includes federal and state races
by Sarah Fay Campbell
The following are federal and state candidates eon the Democratic primary ballots.
U.S. Senate (to replace Saxby Chambliss)
• Branko “Rad” Radulovacki is a psychiatrist who was recently named a national “Top Doc” by U.S. News and World Report. He’s been named a Top Doc six times by Atlanta Magazine.
Radulovacki is the founder of FaithWorks, a nonprofit organization that galvanizes people of faith to help those with mental illness in local communities and congregations. Radulovacki immigrated to the U.S. from Yugoslavia when he was 7 (www.drradforsenate.com).
• M. Michelle Nunn helped found Hands On Atlanta and served as its first executive director. It gave birth to the Hands On Network, a national outreach of volunteer service organizations. In 2007, Hands On Network merged with the Points of Light Foundation and Nunn became the CEO and president of Points of Light.
She is the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn (www.michellenunn.com).
• O. “Steen” Miles is a retired journalist and former member of the Georgia State Senate. Miles won three Emmy awards during her 15 years with 11 Alive TV in Atlanta. Miles served in the Georgia Senate from 2005 to 2007.
Miles is an associate minister at Greenforest Community Baptist Church in Decatur (www.steenmilesussenate.com).
• Todd Anthony Robinson currently serves as ROTC Director at Stewart Quitman High School. He was a firefighter and EMT with the Columbus Fire and EMS Department and served in the U.S. Army from 1979 to 1999 when he retired as a first sergeant. He is a graduate of Army Ranger School and U.S. Army Drill Sargent School (www.todd4ussenate.org).
State School Superintendent
• Alisha Thomas Morgan is serving her sixth term in the Georgia House of Representatives, where she serves on the Education, Appropriations, and Health and Human Services committees. She is the vice chair of the Innovation Subcommittee on Education.
In 2011, Morgan was tapped by U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan to work on a bi-partisan commission tasked with restructuring the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (formerly known as No Child Left Behind).
She has received the Legislative Leadership Award from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Charter Impact Award from the Georgia Charter Schools Association (www.alishaforgakids.com).
• Jurita Forehand Mays left a 15-year career in retail management to teach, after substitute teaching for one day. Mays holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and a specialist degree in curriculum and instruction (www.juritamays.com).
• Marion Spencer “Denise” Freeman is a former teacher and school board member. Her husband, Barry, has been a teacher for more than 29 years (www.denisefreemanforgeorgiaschools.com).
• R. “Rita” Robinzine has been a teacher in DeKalb County Schools since 1989, and currently teaches high school social studies.
She has a degree in political science from Spelman College and a master's of information technology from American Intercontinental University (www.ritatheteacher.com)
• Tarnisha L. Dent is 14-year educator. Dent originally planned to be a physician but her passion for teaching and learning led her to pursue an education degree instead. She is currently the science instructional coach at Alanzo A. Crim Comprehensive High School. She holds a master’s degree in education leadership and a specialist degree in curriculum and instruction (www.tarnishadent.com).
• Valarie D. Wilson served for several years on the city of Decatur school board and was board chair from 2005 to 2011. She was president of the Georgia School Boards Association in 2012-2013 and currently serves as the executive director of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership.
She previously was director of the Fulton County Human Services Department and director of Fulton County’s Office of Aging (www.valforeducation.com).