Stacey Abrams is running again for governor of Georgia, a move that could send reverberations through next year’s midterm elections.
Abrams’ decision, announced Wednesday, likely sets up a second showdown between her and Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who won by just over one percentage point in their controversial 2018 battle.
“I’m running because opportunity in our state shouldn’t be determined by zip code, background, or access to power,” she said. “That’s the job of the governor — to fight for one Georgia, our Georgia. And now, it is time to get the job done.”
A Democrat and noted voting rights advocate, Abrams’ activism helped Democrats claim the majority in the U.S. Senate when Georgia Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff defeated Republicans Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in the January 2021 runoff election.
Abrams’ work since her 2018 loss to Kemp has received praise across the political spectrum. In 2019, she launched the organizations Fair Count and the Fair Fight Action to encourage voter participation in elections and educate voters about elections and their voting rights.
“Voter suppression, particularly of voters of color and young voters, is a scourge our country faces in states across the nation,” Abrams noted on her website.
She said Georgia’s 2018 elections “shone a bright light on the issue with elections that were rife with mismanagement, irregularities, unbelievably long lines and more, exposing both recent and also decades-long actions and inactions by the state to thwart the right to vote.”
“Fair Fight Action was founded to organize collective efforts to expose, mitigate, and reverse voter suppression. We engage in voter mobilization and education activities and advocate for progressive issues,” Abrams said.
After serving for 11 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Democratic leader.
In 2018, Abrams became the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, the first Black woman to become the gubernatorial nominee for a major party in the United States. She was also the first Black woman and first Georgian chosen to deliver a response to the presidential State of the Union.
“It’s a very humbling experience to know that if I win this election, I would have achieved something that Black women as far back as Barbara Jordan and Shirley Chisholm has fought about, not necessarily the same job, but transforming how we think about leadership in America and physically claiming that mantle of leadership and holding it signals that anything is possible, and we can redefine what leadership looks like and who we can lift up,” Abrams said in a 2018 interview with the Black Press of America.