2018 is a big election year for the state of Georgia. But if you are anything like me, you are usually too busy to pay as much attention to local politics as you should. So to make things easier, I have started a series to pick apart each candidate’s pros and cons.
Now, with introductions out of the way, meet House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and Democrat Stacey Abrams, one of the main candidates running for state governor since Gov. Deal has reached his term limit.
According to her website, Abrams was born in Mississippi and grew up in a family of 8 who moved to Georgia to pursue better education. They emphasized education and community service throughout her life. She earned degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School.
Abrams has since put her skills to work in government, business, and non-profits. Most notably, she founded New Georgia Project, which helped register voters of color, and co-founded NOW Account, a firm that helps small businesses grow. In addition, Abrams is also an author who has published eight romance-suspense novels.
If elected, Abrams would be the first African-American woman to be governor in the state of Georgia.
In addition, if elected, Abrams promises to:
- Push forward criminal justice reforms, more specifically to decriminalize poverty, expand re-entry and transition programs, reform the juvenile justice system, and to push forward effective community policing.
- Extend high-quality child-care programs to families of all socioeconomic backgrounds and stop tax handouts that send money from public schools to private schools.
- Create more jobs in advanced energy.
- Promote a fairer economy by expanding tax credits for working families, ending workplace discrimination towards women and the disabled, etc.
- Push for gun control reform. Keep guns out of the wrong hands with universal background checks, fix broken gun control laws, and expand access to mental health care.
- Grow small businesses.
If you would like to vote for Abrams, the election for governor will be held on May 22.