Political Notes — Evans endorsed for governor by teachers’ group

[private]Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Evans picked up the endorsement Tuesday of a key education group, the Georgia Federation of Teachers (GFT).

“Georgia teachers trust Stacey Evans,” said Verdaillia Turner, the GFT president. “We know that with Stacey Evans we will have a governor who will strongly protect our public schools and our teachers.”

“Stacey Evans has fought for Georgia’s working families, students, and teachers and has demonstrated a willingness to use evidence-based practices to remedy our schools’ ills as opposed to silver bullet approaches,” Turner added.

Evans and Stacey Abrams are battling for the Democratic nomination for governor, and each candidate has criticized the other for school votes they took as legislators.

Miller says she’s raised $261,000

PSC candidate Lindy Miller claims to have raised $261,000 so far in her campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Chuck Eaton.

That amount could not be confirmed as yet, however — the website of the state ethics commission still indicates that no reports have been filed yet by the Miller campaign.

Miller also released the names of several state legislators who are endorsing her, including Reps. Bee Nguyen, David Dreyer, Deborah Gonzalez, Erica Thomas, Mary Margaret Oliver, and Sam Park, along with Sens. Elena Parent, Nan Orrock, Nikema Williams, Tonya Anderson, and Valencia Seay.

Miller is running against former legislator John Noel in the Democratic primary.

Sandra Deal fighting breast cancer

The governor’s office disclosed Monday that Gov. Nathan Deal’s wife, Sandra, “underwent successful surgery to remove a tumor that was detected during her annual mammogram. As a precautionary measure, Mrs. Deal will begin chemotherapy treatments in the coming weeks to ensure complete remission.”

“Since I caught it in its early stages, I am confident that the chemotherapy will yield successful results,” Mrs. Deal said. “In light of this, I encourage all women to be proactive about their health and see a medical professional for an annual mammogram.”

Allene Magill, leader of educators’ group, dies

Allene Magill, the executive director for the past 15 years of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), died at home unexpectedly on Saturday.

“The PAGE family is overwhelmed and saddened today with the passing of Dr. Allene Magill, our leader and executive director,” said Craig Harper, director of communications. “Allene was a tireless advocate for educators and public education in Georgia for many decades with her most important work occurring over the past 14 years with PAGE.

Magill had been the executive director of PAGE, which has a membership of 93,000, since July 2003 and she held superintendent positions in Paulding, Forsyth and Dalton.

She was twice named superintendent of the year for Georgia, served on the Board of Regents for the University System, and was president of the Georgia School Superintendents Association and the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders.

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