Alisha Thomas Searcy

Key Facts

Party Democrat
Status Challenger

Background

Alisha Thomas Searcy graduated from Spelman college with a Bachelors in sociology and drama. She also holds a Master’s in educational leadership from Kennesaw State University and a Certificate in public school financial management.  In addition to being the first African-American elected to the Georgia House of Representatives (six terms), Searcy has served in education for 22 years. She has worked as the executive director and superintendent of Ivy Prep Academies, an education consultant, school board member coach and mentor, and a founding board member of Education in Equity. She is also a Life Member of the NAACP, a Board Member of the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights, Board Vice Chair of GenHouse, and was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in college [1][4][6].

Key Issues

Education

Searcy wants to increase support for teachers by raising the starting salary, recruiting non-conventional teachers (ex: NBA/NFL stars), and expanding ways to show respect and value for them. She believes that listening to teachers’ opinions, struggles, and suggestions will help them be more successful in classrooms. She also believes that teachers should not be responsible for dealing with politics in classrooms. Searcy wants to see teachers connecting with programs and organizations that are dedicated to providing funding so that teachers do not have to pay for resources out of their own pockets [4][6].

Searcy believes that the role of schools needs to be redefined to help provide kids with what they need. She wants to see them partnering with community organizations and agencies that are focused on meeting needs socially, mentally, academically, etc. She also wants to create a public school system that is reflective of today’s students, providing mental health services and technology to help students learn and grow. Searcy also supports exposing students to more than just college, such as through creating pre-apprenticeship programs. Searcy believes that high-stakes testing is not necessary for students nor teachers, and instead thinks that testing should be re-evaluated until enough data can be obtained and why students are testing and how to use the information from tests [4][6]. 

Public Safety

Searcy believes that violence is a community problem, not just a school problem. Enforcing safety, Seacy believes, should be left to law enforcement officials only. She thinks that bringing all stakeholders involved in the safety and violence discussion to the table and hearing about specific issues is the first step in addressing school safety. She thinks it is important to acknowledge the root causes behind violence issues and warns against excessive discipline [1][4][6]. 

Endorsements

Diane Holmes; Rev. Tim McDonald, Atlanta; Rev. J. Allen Milner, Atlanta; Rev.; Darryl Winston, Atlanta; Rev. Anthony Booker, Augusta; Bishop Esaias Merritt, Augusta; Rev. James Williams, Augusta; Rev. George Miller, Augusta; Rev. Cheri Miller, Augusta; Rev. Keith Walton, Augusta; Rev. Xavier Creekmur, Augusta; Rev. Dallas Wilson, Riverdale; Rev. Wilbur Purvis, Austell; Rev. Sammie Dow, Marietta; Bishop Keith Young, Sr., Marietta; Rev. Brian Keith Hodges, Sr., Powder Springs; Rev. Adrian Chester, Columbus; Rev. Dr. Marcus Gibson, Columbus; Judge Penny Brown-Reynolds, Atlanta; Rev. Dr. Cynthia Hale, Decatur; Rev. Kenneth Samuel, Stone Mountain; Rev. Dr. Jamal Bryant, Lithonia; Rev. William Flippin, Decatur; Rev. Jamie Johnson, Fort Valley; Rev. Mark Lawrence, Fortson; Rev. Denise Freeman, Lincolnton; Rev. Timothy McBride, McDonough; Rev. Vinton Copeland, Talbotton; Rev. Neisha Michelle Davis, Thomaston; Rev. Ralph Searcy, Thomaston; Rev. J Ricardo Smith, Athens-Clarke; Black Gwinnett County Magazine; Black Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce; Georgia Equality; The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 77

Sources

1 Official Website
2 Ballotpedia
3 11Alive – Youtube
4 11Alive
5 Atlanta Jewish Times
6 Marietta Daily Journal