Three additional seats require run-off

In a field of 18 candidates, Ashanti Rankin, a paraprofessional in Millville received a whopping 92.26% of the vote from the nearly 8,000 delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly in his bid for re-election as an at-large member of the NEA Board of Directors.

To be elected to office in NEA requires attaining at least a simple majority of votes cast. Eighteen candidates ran for nine open educational support professional (ESP) at-large seats on the NEA Board of Directors. Rankin was the top vote getter in the first round of voting where no other candidate cracked 90%

Winning seats in the first round five other candidates joined Rankin: Margaret Powell of North Carolina, Saul Ramos of Massachusetts, Lisa Jennings of South Dakota, Stephanie Ervin of Washington, and Gerry French of Maine. The remaining three seats will require at least one more round of voting. Gwendolyn Edwards of Virginia, Debby Chandler and Pamella Johnson of Washington, and Carmen Hill of Missouri were on the run-off ballot, which was mailed to RA delegates on Aug. 12. Results came in after press time and will be posted at

Rankin and Damita White-Morris of the Bridgeton School Employees were two of three candidates endorsed by New Jersey delegates to the RA for the NEA Board of Directors. Margaret Powell of Wake County Public Schools in North Carolina, was also endorsed by New Jersey delegates. Rankin and Powell were current NEA directors, running for re-election.

“Congratulations to our endorsed candidates for the at-large positions on the NEA Board of Directors, Ashanti Rankin and Margaret Powell, for their re-election to the board, and congratulations to Damita White-Morris for stepping up to represent New Jersey,” Blistan said. “I am certain that Ashanti and Margaret will serve NEA members well and make public education a priority in the nation’s capital.”

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