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Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 8:12am

Teachers Withhold Key Endorsement

The Georgia Association of Educators has announced candidate endorsements for schools superintendent and lieutenant governor. But the group stopped-short of doing the same in the race for Governor.

The teacher organization will instead sit-out the July primaries to see how results shake-out. It then plans to back a gubernatorial candidate around Labor Day.

The GAE’s Jeff Hubbard says the group wants to let the campaigns—and candidates—develop their ideas.

“We had a multitude of candidates on the Democratic-side that were able to offer very articulate, well thought-out plans. So in the end, we could not decide on one best candidate.”

Considered a front-runner by many, former governor Roy Barnes did not get teacher support eight years ago. Hubbard says of the chance the GAE may support Barnes this time around--“anything’s possible.”

The GAE did announce endorsements of Democrat Joe Martin for state schools superintendent and Democrat Carol Porter for lieutenant governor.