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State School Superintendent: Republican candidates

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Mary Bacallao

Mary Bacallao

Residence: Fayetteville

Age: 45

Education: Doctorate in education, Florida Atlantic University

Occupation: Professor of math, science and technology education

Political Experience: Fayette County Board of Education

Family: Husband Aldo; four children


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Ashley Bell

Ashley Bell

Residence: Gainesville

Age: 33

Education: Valdosta State University, University of Georgia, Louisiana State University

Occupation: Attorney, Bell & Washington

Political experience: Hall County Board of Commissioners

Family: Wife Lauren; two children Lilla and Ashley Beaux-Walker


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Mike Buck

Mike Buck

Residence: Rome

Education: University of Georgia

Occupation: Chief of staff, Georgia Department of Education

Family: Wife Joy; children Anna Lin, Christina Li Buck and Dylan Michael


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Sharyl Dawes

Sharyl Dawes

Residence: Johns Creek

Education: Master’s degree in business administration

Occupation: Corporate executive

Family: Two children Michael and Danielle


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Allen Fort

Allen Fort

Residence: Valdosta

Education: University of Georgia, Georgia Southwestern State University

Occupation: Superintendent, Quitman County Schools

Family: Wife Lisa; three children and two grandchildren


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Nancy Jester

Nancy Jester

Residence: Dunwoody

Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Political experience: Dekalb County Board of Education

Family: Husband Stanley; three children


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Fitz Johnson

Fitz Johnson

Residence: Marietta

Education: Bachelor’s degree in education, The Citadel; master’s degree in education, Troy State University; juris doctor, University of Kentucky.

Occupation: Partner at Georgetown Capital, a private equity firm in Atlanta, and CEO of Broadrange Logistics

Family: Twin daughters


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Kira Willis

Kira Willis

Residence: Roswell

Education: Bachelor’s degree in fine arts, Valdosta State University; master’s degree in education, Kennesaw State University; educational specialist certificate in curriculum and snstruction, Lincoln Memorial University

Occupation: Graduation coach and response to intervention coordinator at North Springs Charter High School in Fulton County

Family: Husband Todd; daughter, Harper; son, Tanner


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Richard Woods

Richard Woods

Residence: Tifton

Education: Founder and owner of ShareWear LLC, which specializes in Christian-themed apparel and merchandise

Occupation: Teacher, administrator, Irwin County Schools

Family: Wife Lisha