Georgia Schools Superintendent candidate Alisha Searcy sets the record straight on party alliance

Former state Rep. Alisha Thomas Searcy. (Courtesy of Searcy for State Superintendent)

Former state Rep. Alisha Thomas Searcy is running for Georgia state school superintendent on the Democratic ticket.

But Searcy recently took to Facebook, venting that she feels “ostracized and excluded” by her own party, just weeks out from the Georgia midterm elections.

The Georgia Association of Educators even endorsed Democratic candidates in statewide races for the upcoming midterms, except for Searcy. Instead, the organization endorsed Republican Richard Woods.

Other Democrats are weighing in. Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ campaign tells WABE that Abrams supports the entire Democratic ticket. Others claim that Searcy has a track record of supporting Republican legislation.

Searcy tells WABE she has no such track record.

“I am unapologetically a supporter of public school choice. If you are a parent, a grandparent, if you are an educator, you understand how important it is to have options in the public school system. My record is clear on that,” Searcy told WABE’s “Morning Edition.”

“Any allegation that I am trying to privatize education, that I’m aligned with some conspiracy to harm public education, that comes from people who clearly don’t know anything about me and don’t know anything about my political efforts.”

Searcy said she’s a proud product of public education, and joined “Morning Edition” host Lisa Rayam to give a little more insight into her positions.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.