Former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, Lawyer, and Voting rights activist, Stacey Abrams, Stacey Abrams has officially declared her intention to once again run for governorship in Georgia.
“Opportunity and success in Georgia shouldn’t be determined by your ZIP code, background, or access to power,” the Democrat, said in a video launching her campaign. “If our Georgia is going to move to its next and greatest chapter, we’re going to need leadership.”
The 47-year-old made known her intentions on Wednesday which would mean a rematch against Republican Governor Brian Kemp.
Recall Abrams in 2018 became a democratic figurehead after losing the governor’s race to Kemp in 2018 with just 55,000 votes. That defeat, many opined was due to voters suppression. Since then, Abrams has built a national reputation as a voting rights advocate, founding the organization Fair Fight. She was also credited by many Democrats as being a strong force to President Joe Biden becoming the first Democrat to carry the state in a presidential election in nearly three decades.
“That’s the job of governor — to fight for one Georgia, our Georgia,” Abrams said in her announcement video. “And now, it is time to get the job done.”
Meanwhile, the Republican Governors Association has said it will support GOP incumbents, including Kemp, who face primary challenges. Dave Rexrode, the RGA’s executive director, reiterated that position in a tweet that also went after Abrams.
“We defeated her once (even though she failed to admit it) and we’ll do it again,” Rexrode tweeted Wednesday. “[The RGA] are all-in to re-elect [Kemp] and keep GA heading in the right direction.”
Kemp responded to Abrams’ Wednesday announcement by saying “next November’s election for Governor is a battle for the soul of our state.”
“I’m in the fight against Stacey Abrams, the failed Biden agenda, and their woke allies to keep Georgia the best place to live, work, and raise a family,” the governor added.
Abrams if successful, would be the first Black woman elected governor of a U.S. state.