Anita Tucker for State House District 25

I was born into a working class Air Force family. My journey: born in Germany, moved to Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, California, Nebraska, Italy then back to Georgia by the age of 17.  Living in seven places before graduating from high school gave me tolerance and respect for other cultures. 

After high school I worked full time and went to Kennesaw Junior College (now Kennesaw State University) and Perimeter College part time, earning enough college credits to work as an accounting clerk.  In 1988 I married John Tucker and we bought our first home.  My parents didn’t buy their first home until I was a senior in high school, upward mobility in action.

For most of the 1990’s John and I supported each other while taking turns attending Southern Polytechnic State University.  John earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology in 1994; I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Industrial Engineering Technology in 1999. Perseverance and a strong work ethic got us through a decade of higher education.

Once my new career in project planning was launched our son Jake was born.  Balancing family and work brought my multitasking skills to a new level. Jake gave me a new insight – life is more than earning a living and taking care of a home. Was a career in non-profit my next step? I became a certified grant writer and began volunteering for several different local non-profits. Social and political issues became focal points and working on the local campaign to elect President Obama in 2008 was my epiphany.  Demonstrating a life of service to others would be my legacy to Jake.

With the potential election of the first woman American president in 2016 and a growing interest in social issues, I decided to run for Forsyth County School Board District 5.

In the Fall of 2016 Georgia was going to vote on a state Constitutional Amendment that would allow for public schools to be taken over by for-profit corporations, with a greatly reduced requirement to treat all children equally.  The Georgia Constitution guarantees all children are to be afforded a quality education; this was my first personal call to action.

Defeating this amendment was the core issue for my campaign. I worked with a coalition that included Democrats, Republicans and Independents to educate all voters about the many faults buried in this amendment.  Because of the coalition’s hard work, the amendment was defeated 60% to 40% in Forsyth County. I lost the election but won the battle to preserve public education in Georgia. The fire to serve was ignited.

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