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ATLANTA (AP) - State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan has entered the race to succeed John Barge as state school superintendent.

Morgan, an Austell Democrat, told the Associated Press Tuesday afternoon that she's running because improving education in Georgia is a personal issue to her as the mother of a first grade student.

Morgan says her campaign will focus on raising Georgia's 67 percent graduation rate to prepare students for the workforce, ensuring equal access to quality education and improving parent and community engagement in Georgia's education system.

Morgan and five Republican candidates are vying to replace Barge, who is running for governor.

Former teacher Richard Woods, businessman Fritz Johnson, Bartow County school board member, Matt Schultz, and ex-DeKalb County school board member, Nancy Jester, have already announced their candidacy.

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