ATLANTA, GA – Today, House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams formally announced her bid for Governor of Georgia.
In announcing her candidacy, Abrams highlighted a vision for the state where Georgians can reach their full capacity to prosper, where our beginnings do not dictate who we will become, and where equality fosters prosperity.
“I am running for governor because I believe that every Georgian deserves the chance to succeed, not just survive,” said Stacey Abrams. “We must imagine more for our children than simply an adequate education, and instead fight to ensure that they believe their potential is limitless. We must build a state where the economy works for everyone, and where all Georgians are active partners in their own government. I am ready to be a governor who knows that Georgia’s potential is boundless if we commit to imagining a bolder future for ourselves.”
As Minority Leader, Stacey Abrams has visited more than 150 counties to engage in conversations with Georgians about key local issues. Georgians have been clear — they want leaders who will guarantee an excellent education for their children and a path to economic security for their families. Stacey understands that we need smart solutions to the unique challenges in every community. From micro-entrepreneurship in underserved areas to statewide infrastructure projects to a mobile economy in rural Georgia, Abrams has the vision and the background to guide our state into its next chapter. Today, Abrams will kick off a statewide tour in Albany, where she will continue those conversations about how we can find build a brighter future for Georgia.
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Stacey Abrams and her five siblings grew up in Gulfport, Mississippi with three tenets: go to school, go to church, and take care of each other. Despite struggling to make ends meet for their family, her parents made service a way of life for their children – if someone was less fortunate, it was their job to serve that person.
This ethic — and her parents’ unwavering commitment to providing educational opportunity for their children — led the family to Georgia. Stacey’s parents attended Emory University to pursue graduate studies in Divinity and become United Methodist ministers. Stacey and her younger siblings attended DeKalb County Schools, and she graduated from Avondale High School.
Stacey received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School. She put her education to work to better the lives of Georgians through the government, nonprofit, and business sectors. Dedicated to civic engagement, she founded the New Georgia Project, which registered more than 200,000 voters of color between 2014 and 2016. Under the pen name Selena Montgomery, Stacey is the award-winning author of eight romantic suspense novels, which have sold more than 100,000 copies. As co-founder of NOW Account – a financial services firm that helps small businesses grow – Stacey has helped create and retain jobs in Georgia. And through her various business ventures, Stacey has helped employ even more Georgians, including hundreds of young people starting out.
In 2010, Stacey became the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives. As House Minority Leader, she has worked strategically to recruit, train, elect, and defend Democrats to prevent a Republican supermajority in the House, and has worked across the aisle on behalf of all Georgians. During her tenure, she has stopped legislation to raise taxes on the poor and middle class and to roll back reproductive healthcare. She has brokered compromises that led to progress on transportation, infrastructure, and education. Most recently, she passed legislation to improve the welfare of grandparents and other kin raising children and secured increased funding to support these families.
Stacey has worked hard to harness the extraordinary opportunities available to our state. She understands that if we have the vision to strive — and the courage to confront our challenges — our potential is boundless. She has met with families and small businesses in more than 150 counties, and she has proven her ability to find solutions across divides. Stacey has received the Friend of Labor award for her staunch support of working families and an A-rating from the Georgia Chamber of Commerce in the same year. She is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and she is the proud 2012 Grand Champion of the Georgia National Fair Legislative Livestock Roundup. Stacey has received recognition from the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Georgia), the National Urban League and Planned Parenthood.
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