The public school teacher and Woodstock resident will face off in November with the winner of the Republican Primary race for state House District 20 between incumbent Rep. Charlice Byrd (R-Woodstock) and Michael Caldwell.
Burnaman challenged Byrd for the same seat two years ago in the General Election, but was defeated 79 percent to 21 percent in the Republican dominated county.
Burnaman says she is running because she envisions a better Georgia.
“Excellent people skills, being a team player, a listener, and consensus-builder and playing well with others are some of my strengths,” the 57-year-old said.
Burnaman says the most pressing issue in the race revolves around the county’s children.
“Whether it is drugs, parental issues, education or medical care, our most precious asset continues to be ignored or blamed for our county’s shortcomings,” she said.
Burnaman says she opposes House Resolution 1162 and will vote against the constitutional amendment in November.
“I oppose any amendment that allows Georgia to take away local school control. If approved by voters this fall, a constitutional path will give Georgia the authority to overrule local boards of education charter school decisions,” she said.
The Democrat said that the concept that “the money follows the child” sounds good, but that voters should consider the reality. About $3,000 per child is spent on 1.6 million students in public schools, she claimed.
“Include children in private, Muslim, Christian or any other educational setting and that amount shrinks. Better schools are still unavailable to most poor families, but moneyed parents will get taxpayer help to pay their way while public schools decay.” Burnaman said of the plan.