MS and KY see huge gains for pro-school choice candidates on Election Day

Election Day was a huge success for many pro-school choice candidates across the country. Voters in Mississippi and Kentucky went to the polls to elect reform-minded candidates who support offering choice and opportunity to their state’s students.

“Last night’s gains, like we have seen time and time again, show how parents are seeking educational options for their children and are willing to elect leaders who value school choice and will give them those options,” said Kevin P. Chavous, executive counsel of the American Federation for Children. “We would like to congratulate all of the winners who support educational choice and opportunity, and we look forward to working with those elected to give choice to even more students.

In Mississippi legislative races, AFC’s ally organization Empower Mississippi saw success in both the primary and general elections. In yesterday’s general election, they elected 29 of the 32 candidates they supported. Nine seats were picked up to expand an already strong pro-school choice majority in the state house and senate. Gov. Phil Bryant, a choice advocate who earlier this year signed a special needs ESA program into law, easily won his re-election as well. School choice champions Lt. Governor Tate Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn were also re-elected.

Kentucky also elected a strong school choice supporter last night when Matt Bevin was elected as Governor. He has voiced his support for education reform and school choice, a pro-school choice ad was run in his behalf and the issue was cited as the second most impactful issue with voters after jobs.

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American Federation for Children is the nation’s leading school choice advocacy organization and works in states across the country to help secure additional, high-quality educational options for families.