The Black Alliance for Educational Options showed its strength on the state level this weekend, with endorsed candidates winning in the group's first foray into electoral politics.

The candidates, endorsed by the BAEO Action Fund, were running for the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Jada Lewis won 52 percent of the vote in her district, while Kira Orange Jones won 69 percent of the vote in hers. Both Lewis and Orange Jones are Democrats, and both had only one other candidate running against them. Orange Jones is an incumbent.

"Both Lewis and Orange Jones are stanch [sic] advocates for parental choice and unwavering supporters of increasing access to high-quality educational options for low-income and working-class Black families in Louisiana," the BAEO Action Fund Board of Directors wrote in a press release. "With the changing tide of education in Louisiana, Kira and Jada will continue to fight for educational excellence in New Orleans and Baton Rouge."

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