“We owe the children of Mississippi an education, second to none. Tax dollars should go to public schools exclusively. We have a responsibility to fully fund MAEP, not only for the benefit of our children but also to pay our teachers an equitable salary and to give public school districts the tools for success. Public schools are not failing our children. The State of Mississippi is failing our children by the failure and refusal to provide funding mandated by state law. Until we do right by our children, Mississippi will remain at the bottom of every list formulated to reflect the value we place on ourselves as a state.
~ DEBORAH DELGADO
ABOUT THE CANDIDATE
A native of Hattiesburg, Deborah Delgado graduated from L.J. Rowan High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Master of Arts in history from Jackson State University, as well as a Juris Doctor degree from Texas Southern University.
For the past 18 years, Delgado has been a member of the Hattiesburg City Council, representing Ward Two, and has previously taught at both Jackson State and Texas Southern. She is the founder and chairperson of the annual Historic Mobile Street Renaissance Festival, an annual celebration of the culture and heritage launched in 2008. Delgado is a member of the Advisory Council of the National League of Cities (NLC), having previously served on the board of directors; a past president and current board member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO); a past president and current board member of the NBC-LEO Foundation; a past president of the Mississippi Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (MBC-LEO); and current vice president for Trust of the World Conference of Mayors. She has been a member of the board of directors and the executive committee of the Mississippi Municipal League (MML).
She is a member of Tabernacle of Prayer Church of God In Christ, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, a life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and has been involved in numerous other social and civic organizations. She is married to John Delgado, a retired Southern University professor; is the mother of two sons who are public school graduates, Britton (Tangelina) Loftin and Zachary (Tenikka) Denard; and the grandmother of Dean Britton Loftin (second-grade public school student), Elle Britton Loftin and Emeka Joi Denard.
ABOUT SENATE DISTRICT 34
Counties represented: Jasper and portions of Jones and Forrest
School Districts represented: East Jasper County School District, Forrest County School District, Hattiesburg School District, Jones County School District, Laurel School District, West Jasper County School District
Key Election Date: August 6, 2019, Primary | November 5, 2019, General
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