Yesterday, former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, Stacey Abrams, won the Democratic primary in the 2018 Georgia Gubernatorial Election. She is now the only African American woman in United States history to be nominated by a major party for governor.
Abrams is an alumna of Spelman College, where she majored in interdisciplinary studies; a combination of political science, sociology, and economics. After graduating, she continued her education at University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her Master’s Degree in public policy. Later, Abrams went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School.
After obtaining her J.D., she worked as a taxation attorney at a law firm, before being appointed as the Deputy Attorney for the city of Atlanta. In 2007, Abrams began her career in politics when she was elected to the Georgia General Assembly. She also broke records in that election, becoming the first woman and the first African American to lead either party in Georgia’s House of Representatives. After a decade as a Georgia State Representative, Abrams announced last June, that she would be retiring from her position so that she could run for governor.
Abrams’ campaign focuses on children’s issues, criminal justice reform, advanced energy jobs, and economic development. She considers herself to be a progressive, and her campaign strives to appeal to independent and moderate voters.
Abrams has been endorsed by Hillary Clinton, Senator Cory Booker, and Senator Bernie Sanders. She was also endorsed by Senator Kamala Harris, who traveled to Georgia to campaign for her. In the primary, Abrams beat her Democratic opponent, Stacey Evans, by nearly 300,000 votes. On July 24th, the two Republican nominees, Casey Cagle and Brian Kemp, will face each other in a run-off. The winner will battle Abrams for the governorship on November 6, 2018.
Does Stacey Abrams have your support?