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Michelle Nunn in the Senate
Would Mean Democrats Represented in Georgia

by Amanda Smith

Election of Michelle Nunn to the US Senate to represent Georgia would end the Republicans hold on the two Senate seats now held by Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss. Nunn will be running for the seat that Chambliss will vacate upon his retirement in December. Nationwide general elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

A Perry, Georgia native, Nunn is the daughter of former Senator Sam Nunn, who has toured several military bases with his daughter to lend his bipartisan approach and support to her campaign. Sam Nunn retired from the Senate in 1997.

Nunn graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia and holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She spearheaded the founding of and became the first Executive Director of Hands On Atlanta, an organization dedicated to igniting a passion for volunteerism and service as a means to alleviating the most pressing community concerns. Over the next decade, Hands On Atlanta grew by leaps and bounds under Nunn's leadership and developed into the Hands On Network, a national outreach of volunteer service organizations.

In 2007, Hands On Network merged with the Points of Light Foundation, President George H.W. Bush's organization and legacy. After leading a successful merger, Nunn became the CEO and President of Points of Light, now the largest organization in the country devoted to volunteer service, with 250 affiliates and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations. Last year alone, they were responsible for 260,000 projects that inspired more than 4 million people to volunteer. This service was responsible for delivering 30 million hours of labor, valued at $635 million.

In 2009, Nunn partnered with Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Edward Kennedy (D-MA) to pass the Serve America Act, signed into law by President Obama at an elementary school in Washington, DC on April 21, 2009. This legislation reauthorizes and expands national service programs administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) by amending the National and Community Service Act of 1990 and the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973. The Act dramatically expands opportunities for Americans to serve, to focus on critical national issues, to be a catalyst for social innovation, and to support the nonprofit sector.

Nunn appeared at the Georgia Victory 2014 field office in Macon, Georgia on Saturday, September 6, 2014 to join grassroots volunteers in voter registration efforts in the middle Georgia area. Campaign volunteers received information and packets to extend to potential voters in a canvas of the Vineville 3 Precinct of Macon. "I think that people are long past ready for someone who will bring a collaborative reach across the aisle and focus on the issues that matter like early childhood education, affordable pathways to college, and passing the raising of the minimum wage," said Nunn. "Georgia's citizens are looking for individuals to be good stewards in the long run for our protection; they want us to carry forward and get these things done in Washington. We are asking for votes that can result in a better Georgia and a better set of possibilities for all our citizens," she continued. "Macon is close to my heart, as is Georgia," she said, "and I want people to know that if they're tired of what's happening in Washington and want a change, we can be the ones to affect that change."

Nunn's exemplary leadership skills have been recognized nationally - she was named to the Nonprofit Times' "Power and Influence Top 50" list of change agents for six consecutive years and Fast Company Magazine highlighted her among "Social Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the World." She has been named among Georgia Trend's "100 Most Influential Georgians" and holds honorary degrees from Oglethorpe University and Wesleyan College.

Nunn lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband Ron and their two children, Vinson and Elizabeth.


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