Former US Representative and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams announces her 2022 bid for Georgia governor, Wednesday. Abrams the Democratic former candidate for Georgia governor had the 2018 election snatched from her, then helped snatched back the whole state, flipping it Blue in the 2020 presidential election, announced her candidacy, via video. “Opportunity and success in Georgia shouldn’t be determined by background or access to power,” Abrams said in her video announcement.
Abrams came within striking distance of winning the Georgia governor’s mansion in 2018, setting up a most likely rematch against Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. She is a large reason that the Joe Biden/ Kamala Harris ticket won the state of Georgia. Instead of celebrating she knew she had to continue the fight and rallied Dems in the state of Georgia and help deliver the Senate to Biden by igniting voters to come out again in the run-off election.
Abrams, a former Democratic leader of the General Assembly, has worked on issues related to voting rights for a decade. She became a household name in the 2018 race for governor, accusing Republicans of engaging in voter suppression mostly affecting Black voters.
“If our Georgia is going to move to its next and greatest chapter, we’re going to need leadership,” she said in her announcement video. She touted the work she has done during the coronavirus pandemic, including paying off medical debt and expanding access to Covid vaccinations.
Abrams, 47, ran in 2018 as an unapologetic progressive, embracing the expansion of Medicaid access, something a series of Republican governors have refused to do, and supporting abortion rights. After the election, Abrams started Fair Fight, an organizing group that has raised more than $100m and built a statewide political operation that registered hundreds of thousands of new voters in Georgia and re-registering many voters who had been improperly purged for the state’s voter rolls. The state saw record turnout in the 2020 presidential race and January Senate runoff elections.
Now, Abrams and Kemp look like they may face a rematch in a new political climate. For one, Kemp faces opposition from Trump and his most loyal GOP supporters for not supporting the former president’s baseless argument that he was cheated out of re-election through massive voter fraud, including in Georgia. Election officials conducted three recounts in the state, each of which affirmed Biden’s victory.
Since 2018, Abrams was named to Time magazine’s list of the worlds 100 most influential people. She wrote two books, including a legal thriller, and conducted a 12-city speaking tour. She considered a run for president in 2020 before deciding against it. When Biden became the nominee, she openly lobbied to be his running mate, a position that ultimately went to Kamala Harris.
If Abrams wins, she will become the first Black governor of Georgia and the first Black woman elected governor in United States history. Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock, who this year became Georgia’s first Black senator, will also be on the ballot in November 2022.