Sally Harrell Announces Run for Georgia Senate District 40

“Now is the time to stand up, claim our shared values and create change.”

I am proud to announce my candidacy for Georgia’s 40th Senate District. We are at a crucial moment in Georgia’s history. Our demographics are changing. Our politics are evolving. Now is the time to stand up, claim our shared values and create change.

Voters in this district are engaged, informed, and know that many important decisions directly affecting their lives will be made at the state level in the years ahead. It is time we get it right on healthcare, education, transportation, and the myriad other issues facing Georgians.

I believe that government can have a positive impact on people’s everyday lives. All our citizens deserve affordable healthcare, universal high-quality education from early childhood through college, practical and efficient transportation options, and clean air and water. It’s time that our government works for the people.

I am ready to lead the charge on these issues and stand strong for the voters of Dunwoody, Doraville, Chamblee, Tucker, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, and Peachtree Corners.

Advocating for progressive change is what I do, through the legislative process and through the non-profit community. From 1999 – 2005, I served in the Georgia House of Representatives, during which time I championed a wide range of women and children’s healthcare issues, advocated for access to mental health services, fought for school recess for children, and passed a law protecting women who breastfeed in public. Prior to serving in the legislature, I served as the Executive Director of the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia, Inc.

My positions and leadership are in sharp contrast to Fran Millar, who currently holds the seat. Congress has made clear its intention to pass down key policy issues such as healthcare and education to the states. And with congressional district lines being redrawn after the 2020 census, it only serves to amplify just how important this Senate seat will be. We need a Senator that better represents our values during this critical time.

I look forward to working with people throughout the district, listening and shaping an agenda that works to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and throughout Georgia.

Sally Harrell Endorses Jon Ossoff for 2017 Special Election

If there’s one lesson progressives and Democrats have learned over the past decade, it’s that every vote counts. Every single one.

  • In 2000, 537 votes separated Al Gore from George Bush in Florida, out of over 104 million cast nationally.
  • In 2016, a small pockets of voters in states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania put Donald Trump over the Electoral College threshold, even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.
  • Here at home in Brookhaven, former Rep. Taylor Bennett (D) lost to birther Meagan Hanson (R) by 286 votes, out of over 24,000 cast.

When we lose by small margins, we lose big in public policy.

As a tried and true progressive, with a deep interest in reforming health care, education and addressing the economic struggles of the middle class, I do not want to lose District 6. We have a chance to ignite the momentum that will propel us into big change for 2018. And it is imperative that we send a strong message to Washington DC, right now, as the rest of the country watches.

Jon Ossoff is in a position to deliver that message.

It is for that reason, I am endorsing, and actively working toward electing Jon Ossoff in the April 18th special election to fill the vacancy left by Tom Price. The voters of Milton, Alpharetta, John’s Creek, Marietta, Doraville, Brookhaven, Chamblee and Tucker, along with all the others, have a tremendous opportunity to flip this seat. But it will take all of us.

No spoiler candidates. No staying home. It’s time to get up, out, and take action.

Jon has brought his experience and resources to launch a fiercely paced, well-funded campaign that has given us hope in a time of despair. I believe Jon to be open minded and willing to learn from all of us.

When I announced my intentions to run for this very seat, I did so to fight for progressive change… change that utilizes public policy to improve people’s lives. I remain committed to that end and will work with Jon to champion progressive issues such as health care that puts people before profits, education that embraces the unique potential of every child, and clean energy environmental policies that bring forth innovative job opportunities and transportation solutions.

I believe Jon Ossoff will work for me and my family in Washington DC. He will work for you too. We just need to get him there.

Please join me in supporting Jon Ossoff for Congress. You can vote right now by finding your polling place at

When we’re this close, every single vote matters. On April 18th, I encourage you to give yours to Jon.

Yours Sincerely,
Sally Harrell