— Press Release

Stacey Abrams Announces Campaign for Governor

Abrams touts “One Georgia,” stating “opportunity and success in Georgia shouldn’t be determined by your zip code, background or access to power”

ATLANTA — Today, former Georgia House Minority Leader, entrepreneur, author and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams, announced her campaign for Governor.

WATCH: One Georgia

Abrams released a video titled One Georgia alongside the announcement. The video, narrated by Abrams, features images of Georgians from across the state and outlines Abrams’ efforts over the last four years to build a “stronger Georgia.” From her fierce advocacy for voting rights, to supplying food banks during the pandemic, to eliminating medical debt for tens of thousands of Georgians, Abrams has dedicated herself to delivering for Georgia. 

“Opportunity and success in Georgia shouldn’t be determined by your zip code, background or access to power,” Abrams said. “For the past four years, when the hardest times hit us all, I’ve worked to do my part to help families make it through. My job has been to just put my head down and keep working — toward One Georgia.”

Georgia Democrats are riding a wave of momentum into the gubernatorial race, sweeping seven key municipal races statewide in yesterday’s runoff elections, including the victory of the first woman and first Black mayor elected to lead the City of Warner Robins in strongly Republican Houston County. The strong local performance follows Democrats’ first presidential victory in the state in nearly 30 years and two U.S. Senate seat pickups in runoff elections earlier this year. 

Under current leadership, Georgia has endured ongoing attacks on the right to vote and freedom to choose, the priority of ideology over economic well-being, a failure to expand Medicaid, an underfunded education system and a void of leadership during the pandemic.

Added Abrams, “If our Georgia is going to move to its next and greatest chapter, we are going to need leadership. Leadership that knows how to do the job. Leadership that doesn’t take credit without also taking responsibility. Leadership that works hard. Leadership that measures progress not by stats but by our ability for everyone to move up and thrive. Leadership that understands the true pain folks are feeling and has real plans. That’s the job of Governor.”

Abrams for Governor will hold a major statewide campaign launch in the coming months. 

Full script of the announcement video is below:

I’ve worked a lot of jobs in my life.

And for the past four years, when the hardest times hit us all, I’ve worked to do my part to help families make it through.

Paying off medical debt for tens of thousands of Georgians… expanding access to vaccines… bringing supplies to overwhelmed food banks… lending a hand across our state, especially in rural Georgia.

We helped finance small businesses trying to stay afloat, and I spoke up for families being left behind.

And while my jobs have changed, what I know to be true has not: That our values are still strong. No matter where we come from in Georgia or how long we’ve been here, we believe in this place and our people, folks who deserve to be seen and heard and have a voice.

Because in the end, we are one Georgia.

And so, regardless of the pandemics or the storms. The obstacles in our way or the forces determined to divide us, my job has been to just put my head down and keep working toward one Georgia.

For that farmer in Peach County, the teacher in Sparta, the mechanic in College Park, and for our next generation who should have more than we can imagine.

Because opportunity and success in Georgia shouldn’t be determined by your zip code, background or access to power.

But if our Georgia is going to move to its next and greatest chapter, we are going to need leadership.

Leadership that knows how to do the job. Leadership that doesn’t take credit without also taking responsibility. Leadership that works hard. Leadership that measures progress not by stats but by our ability for everyone to move up and thrive. Leadership that understands the true pain folks are feeling and has real plans.

That’s the job of Governor.

To fight for One Georgia. Our Georgia. And now, we need to get the job done.

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