Burnaman will be on the ballot in November to face off against the winner of the July 31 Republican primary. The incumbent is Rep. Charlice Byrd (R-Woodstock), and she is challenged by Michael Caldwell, who ran against Byrd for the seat two years ago.
Burnaman, a 56-year-old high school teacher who has lived in Cherokee County since 1988, also will run for the second time for the seat. In her first bid two years ago, she garnered around 22 percent of the November vote.
Burnaman said her main passion is public education and, consequently, her campaign slogan is “Put an Educator in the Legislature.”
She said she believes that strong and properly funded public education should be available to all Georgia students and that a well-educated populace is one factor that will entice companies to bring well-paying jobs to Georgia.
“Business and education work hand in hand to improve the standard of living for all Georgians,” Burnaman said. “Having jobs available but not having a workforce with the skills needed for those jobs is holding this state back. We need education in academics and in technological areas.”
Burnaman said she knows Georgians aren’t afraid to work hard and they need a fair chance to earn a decent wage.
Also, Burnaman said instead of cutting public school funding, the Legislature should be working to more adequately fund public schools.
Burnaman said legislators need to update the Quality Basic Education formula in order to make Georgia more competitive in the global economy by keeping classrooms technologically up-to-date and by keeping dedicated, passionate, and competent educators up-to-date and in the classroom.