The Athens-Clarke County Democrats hosted Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams and several congressional candidates Thursday night. More than 70 people attended the meeting at the ACC County Library.
After overcoming hardships and adversity throughout her life, Abrams said she is coming for Georgia and that she is ready to be the governor for the people.
When Abrams visited the Governor’s Mansion as a high school valedictorian in 1991, she was told by a security guard that she did not belong there. Now, she’s doing everything to prove them wrong.
“It was the most important night of my entire high school career, and all I can remember is being told by a man, protecting the gate of the most powerful place in Georgia, that I don’t belong,” Abrams said. “I intend to be governor because I plan to open those gates wide for everyone.”
“All I can remember is being told by a man, protecting the gate of the most powerful place in Georgia, that I don’t belong. I intend to be governor because I plan to open those gates wide for everyone.” -Stacey Abrams, gubernatorial candidate
Abrams spoke about the existent poverty issue in Athens and said she wanted to make changes to ensure that every member of the Athens community can work towards success rather than just survival.
“There are too many families that do everything they’re supposed to do but still find themselves struggling and left behind,” Abrams said. “We have to have a leader who understands that every single Georgian is worthy of success and deserves a government and governor who will make that success possible.”
Beginning with larger investments in education, Abrams also highlighted plans to expand Medicaid and mental health resources, improve public transportation, increase voter registration, conduct criminal justice reform and more.
The newly elected State House Representative Jonathan Wallace, County Commissioner Kelly Girtz and other congressional candidates, were also in attendance, including Tenth Congressional Candidate Chalis Montgomery. Some of them also took the opportunity to speak to the Athens community.
“From the New Deal, landing on the moon, voting and civil rights, to healthcare for millions of Americans, Democrats get things done,” Montgomery said. “If we motivate the base, we can win.”
Wallace also expressed his support for the candidates in attendance.
“I think it’s incredibly important to reach out and support every candidate that shares our values,” Wallace said. “We have to maintain an energy.”
The ACC Democrats also hosted Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Evans earlier this year and welcome any declared candidates to speak at their meetings.