Statement from Brad Bryant on falling short of needed signatures to get on ballot:
The Bryant for Kids campaign announced this morning that it will not file a petition seeking access to the statewide ballot in Georgia by today’s noon deadline. During its three weeks of activity, the campaign collected more than 36,000 signatures from a largely volunteer effort. However, the total number of signatures collected is not enough to make a valid filing with the Georgia Secretary of State under Georgia’s extremely restrictive ballot access laws.
Georgia School Superintendent Brad Bryant made the following statement, and will be available for interviews this afternoon at the Georgia Association for Educational Leadership (GAEL) conference on Jekyll Island, where he is scheduled to speak:
“Kay and I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and dedication of those who have volunteered on this campaign. We will be forever grateful for their commitment to public education. Over the course of three weeks we garnered over 36,000 signatures of men and women from all over the State of Georgia. Without thinking of their own summer plans, these volunteers threw themselves into the challenge of helping me get on the ballot. This has been a truly humbling experience, and I will always remember the fantastic efforts of my friends, family and supporters. I am firmly convinced that our efforts are indicative of the widespread support for public education in this state and I am encouraged that this spirit will continue to bear fruit in the years to come.
The next steps are clear. For the remainder of my term as Superintendent, I will use the same passion that fueled this campaign to ensure we are focused on improving student achievement for all Georgia students.
In a short period of time, we built a strong campaign and I want everyone who participated in that effort to know we fully intend to continue to use this momentum to positively change education in Georgia. While this phase of the effort may be over, the goal remains no less important, and there will be numerous opportunities in the months ahead for all of us to be involved in changing things for the better.”
Democratic candidate Joe Martin issued his own statement upon hearing that Bryant is out:
Since he did not submit a petition to run as an independent candidate in November, Brad Bryant will now be able to concentrate on the important work of interim State School Superintendent over the next six months. He is a friend and a good person, and I know he will do well in this role. It is unfortunate that he was asked to be part of an effort to continue the influence of the outgoing governor, but we can now move on. Georgia needs a new direction in education.