Elected in 2016 when she was 24, Representative Park Cannon is a staunch advocate for LGBTQ+ issues, protecting reproductive freedom and preserving voting rights while serving a historic Atlanta neighborhood where members of her family have lived for three generations.
Georgia WIN List has endorsed Rep. Cannon since her first special election campaign for House District 58, which includes diverse, vibrant and historic Atlanta neighborhoods stretching from Inman Park to the city of South Fulton. She serves as the Secretary for the House Democrats and is the Chair of the Fulton County Delegation.
Cannon received national attention when she was unlawfully arrested in 2021 for knocking on the door of Governor Brian Kemp’s office as he signed SB 202, a voter suppression bill, into law shortly after its passage. As he signed the bill, the governor was surrounded by group of white male Republican legislators while sitting at a table beneath a painting of a historic Georgia plantation home. The contrasting images of Rep. Cannon’s arrest and the bill signing photo op grabbed headlines and earned her a unique position amongst current Georgia civil rights activists. The charges were later dropped.
Rep. Cannon has spent her career promoting Black Women’s healthcare and prior to her election, lobbied as a health advocate. She loves her family’s neighborhood of the Old Fourth Ward and focuses on historic preservation and affordable access as a doula. “I’m incredibly proud to be a community organizer; a reproductive justice advocate. I think where you come from and what you have seen along the way matters, as we are made of these experiences.”
Her House committee assignments include Creative Arts & Entertainment, Ethics, Insurance & Small Business Development. Cannon was elected Chair of the Fulton County Delegation, passing a local bill to ensure that teachers can run for office without legislative barriers. She is a pre-school teacher and voted to support the public awareness campaign for computer science education.
The Georgia native attended UNC-Chapel Hill, graduating with a degree in Hispanic Linguistics and Linguistics, with a minor in women’s and gender studies. Read more about Rep. Cannon here.
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