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Moore to focus on education equity during race for open State Rep. District 8 seat

Amanda Parrish
Middletown Transcript

MIDDLETOWN -- Sherae'a "Rae" Moore of Middletown won the Democratic nomination for the State Representative District 8 seat Tuesday night, receiving 41.8% of the vote, according to the Department of Elections unofficial results.

Sherae’a Moore, of Middletown, won a key primary Sept. 15, claiming the Democratic nomination for State Rep. District 8.

The seat is up for grabs after Rep. Quinn Johnson, D-Middletown, announced he would be retiring earlier this year after 12 years of service.

Moore made education, healthcare and the environment the top priorities of her campaign, including universal preschool for all and improved access to healthcare, according to her website. 

As a former Bayard School teacher, Moore said she saw first-hand the unintentional consequences legislation would cause for students, so she wants to make education equity a top priority. 

“When I talk about equity, I mean meeting every student where they are,” she said. “Some students have a better foundation than others and I just want to create a system where we are meeting every student where they are so they can have the ability to dream without limiting their potential.”

After her victory, Moore said she was "overwhelmed with emotions,” and she was glad to see the Middletown-area is ready for change in leadership.

Despite receiving an endorsement from Johnson, challenger Matthew Powell of Middletown came away with 26.59% of the vote. Yvette Santiago of Middletown received 31.61%.

More than 3,000 Middletown-area residents voted in the primary, with 1,821 voting in-person and 1,240 voting absentee.

Moore will face Republican Dan Zitofsky in the general election Nov. 3.