Meet Stacey Abrams: Georgia’s First Black Woman To Be Nominated For Governor
When I stopped in Louisville earlier this month, I met and prayed with Mrs. Corinne Mack. Mrs. Mack is 82 years old, and was a civil rights leader in Jefferson County. Before we parted ways, she made sure to tell me “I’ve voted in every single election that I could, and I’m voting for you this time.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀Thank you, Mrs. Mack, for your vote – and for all you’ve done to make my candidacy possible. Georgia led our nation forward on civil rights and social justice, and we have the people and promise to lead once more.
The 44-year-old tax lawyer, businesswoman, and romance novelist Stacey Abrams is accustomed to making history, and now has the chance to become America’s first black female governor.
Last night, while everyone was tuned in to the battle between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets, concerned Americans were tuned in to CNN and MSNBC to find out what was next for Stacey Abrams. Abrams, 44, was running for the position of governor of Georgia, had making an impact in a major way.
The tax lawyer, businesswoman, and romance novelist became the first black nominated by a major political party when she was selected by the Democrats in a primary on Tuesday night to fight for Georgia in the November midterm elections. If she moves forward and secures the governorship from the incumbent Republican party, she will become America’s first black female governor, a true game-changer of immense proportions. “Team Abrams just won our primary election, and this victory belongs to you,” the former state house leader posted to Facebook after her victory.
“Everyone who stood with us and fought for progress in the face of doubt. Everyone who believed that a little black girl who sometimes had to go without lights or running water—who grew up to become the first woman to lead in the Georgia General Assembly—could become the first woman gubernatorial nominee from either party in Georgia’s history,” she added. “Tonight’s victory was only the beginning. The road to November will be long and tough, but the next step is one we take together.”
Defeating Stacey Evans, a Democratic member of the Georgia House of Representatives, is a major thing and holds major implications for the primary elections for November. If she does what she has shown that she’s apt to do (see: win) then Stacey Abrams could potentially change Georgia into a blue state, which would greatly impact 2020’s presidential election. And it would be another “first” on a litany of firsts for the Gulfport, Mississippi born, Atlanta, Georgia-raised wunderkind.
Abrams has degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School. She has at various times been a tax attorney, a state legislator, an author of eight romance novels, and a beverage entrepreneur, among other pursuits. In 2010, she became the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first black person to lead in the House of Representatives. So, a possible first—changing the face of the Georgia governorship which has been in Republican hands since 2003—is a task that Abrams is looking forward to facing.
Abrams’ Republican rival for the governorship will be either Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle or Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who are heading for a July runoff for the GOP nomination for Georgia governor.
If you live in Georgia and are looking to make history, don’t forget to vote for governor when the ballots open up.
SOURCE: Hello Giggles