U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts waves to supporters during a rally at Central Gwinnett High School, becoming the first Democrat to hold a campaign event in Georgia this year after launching a presidential bid. Gwinnett Democrats are touting the county, with its diverse population, as the future of the party and a destination for its presidential candidates. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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Georgia 2020: Warren picks up suburban Atlanta  supporters

Three suburban Atlanta elected officials backed U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign on Monday as she tries to build support in the hyper-competitive territory circling the city. 

The trio of school board members – Everton Blair of Gwinnett, Charisse Davis of Cobb and Leonard Presberg of Fayette – said they were drawn to Warren’s promise to pour more funding into the nation’s schools and infrastructure.

She has tried to build early support in Atlanta’s suburbs, which once were staunchly conservative but have quickly transformed into Democratic strongholds. At a visit last year to Gwinnett County, Warren declared “Gwinnett is the future” of the party.

Both Cobb and Gwinnett have flipped to Democrats in the last two election cycles, while Fayette is more solidly Republican territory.

One of the few 2020 hopefuls with a paid infrastructure in Georgia, Warren has hired a half-dozen staffers to be based in the state and tapped a local operative as a senior adviser to her campaign. 

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.