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Stacey Abrams is building a broad coalition of support

Supporters from around Georgia and the nation know that Stacey Abrams is the most qualified candidate to build a Georgia where everyone can succeed, not just survive.

General election: November 6, 2018.

Support from Georgia elected officials

⬩ Governor Roy Barnes
⬩ Congressman John Lewis
⬩ Congressman David Scott
⬩ Congressman Hank Johnson
⬩ State Senator Ed Harbison (D-Columbus)
⬩ State Senator Tonya Anderson (D-Lithonia)
⬩ State Senator Gail Davenport (D-Jonesboro)
⬩ State Senator Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta)
⬩ State Representative Bee Nguyen (D-Atlanta)
⬩ State Representative Carl Gilliard (D-Garden City)
⬩ State Representative Dexter Sharper (D-Valdosta)
⬩ State Representative Dewey McClain (D-Lawrenceville)
⬩ State Representative Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta)
⬩ State Representative Kimberly Alexander (D-Hiram)
⬩ State Representative Debra Bazemore (D-Riverdale)
⬩ State Representative Pedro Marin (D-Duluth)
⬩ State Representative Sam Park (D - Lawrenceville)
⬩ State Representative Sharon Beasley-Teague (D-Red Oak)
⬩ State Representative Karen Bennett (D-Stone Mountain)
⬩ State Representative Al Williams (D-Midway)
⬩ State Representative Rhonda Burnough (D-Riverdale)
⬩ State Representative Park Cannon (D-Atlanta)
⬩ State Representative Pam Dickerson (D-Conyers)
⬩ State Representative Darrel Ealum (D-Albany)
⬩ State Representative Renitta Shannon (D-Decatur)
⬩ State Representative Gloria Frazier (D-Hephzibah)
⬩ State Representative Carolyn Hugley (D-Columbus)
⬩ State Representative Brenda Lopez (D-Norcross)
⬩ State Representative J. Craig Gordon (D-Savannah)
⬩ State Representative Miriam Paris (D-Macon)
⬩ State Representative Pam Stephenson (D-Decatur)

Support from local leaders

⬩ Mayor William Evans Jr. (Sparta)
⬩ Mayor Mary Parham Copelan (Milledgeville)
⬩ Mayor Melanie Hammet (Pine Lake)
⬩ Mayor Kenneth E. Smith (Kingsland)
⬩ Mayor Deborah Jackson (Lithonia)
⬩ Mayor Cornell L. Harvey (Brunswick)
⬩ Mayor Barbara Williams (Fort Valley)
⬩ Mayor Anthony S. Ford (Stockbridge)
⬩ Former Mayor Elizabeth Wilson (Decatur)
⬩ Mayor Pro-Tem Diane Howard (Lithonia)
⬩ Commissioner and Former Mayor Rodney McCord (Griffin)
⬩ Commissioner Melissa Link (Athens-Clarke Co.)
⬩ City Councilor Tyson Jackson (Social Circle)
⬩ City Councilor Tyree Goodlett (Dalton)
⬩ City Councilor Theodore Patterson (Jackson)
⬩ City Councilor Sandra Thornton (West Point)
⬩ City Councilor Reggie Copeland (Marietta)
⬩ City Councilor Antonio Carter (Nashville)
⬩ City Councilor Alphonso Thomas (Stockbridge)
⬩ City Councilor Myoshia Crawford (Monroe)
⬩ City Councilor Bobby Hunt (Elberton)
⬩ City Councilor Theodore Patterson (Jackson)
⬩ City Councilor Lewis Sims (Jackson)
⬩ City Councilor Christina Hobbs (Union City)
⬩ City Councilor Kregg Close (Bainbridge)
⬩ City Councilor Kamali Varner (McDonough)
⬩ City Councilor Jerry Davis (Dublin)
⬩ City Councilor Jeff Middlebrooks (Thomaston)
⬩ City Councilor Hawnethia Williams (Covington)
⬩ City Councilor Bobby Hunt (Elberton)
⬩ School Board Member Jessie Goree (Clayton Co.)
⬩ School Board Member Linda Bobbitt (Glynn Co.)

Support from civil rights leaders

⬩ Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery
⬩ Rev. Dr. C.T. Vivian
⬩ Vernon Jordan
⬩ Rev. Francys Johnson
⬩ Antoine Simmons (Whitfield Co.)
⬩ Barbara Minter (Lamar Co.)
⬩ James Stocks (Carroll Co.)
⬩ Terence Williamson (Fayette Co.)
⬩ Leroy Lloyd (Effingham Co.)
⬩ Lucious Bray (Pulaski Co.)
⬩ Rev. Charlie Barlow (Butts Co.)
⬩ Charlie Brown (Jefferson Co.)
⬩ Tayla Reid (Clayton Co.)
⬩ Ashleigh Mansfield (Lowndes Co.)
⬩ Rev. Rutha Jackson (Houston Co. )
⬩ Rev. Ezekiel Holly (Terrell Co.)
⬩ Larry Lockett (Ware Co.)
⬩ Patricia Beckham (Pike Co.)
⬩ Doris Harris (Bleckley Co.)
⬩ Benjamin Brewer (Hart Co.)
⬩ Synamon Baldwin (Clayton Co.)
⬩ Anna Laura Stephens (Burke Co.)
⬩ Anna Kimsey (Cobb Co.)
⬩ Kailah Douglas (DeKalb Co.)

Support from Georgia labor

⬩ Georgia State AFL-CIO
⬩ Georgia Association of Educators
⬩ Georgia Working Families Party
⬩ Transport Workers Union's Georgia State Conference
⬩ Southeast Council of the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union (RWDSU)
⬩ International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 77
⬩ The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 613
⬩ Atlanta North Georgia Building Trades Council
⬩ International Union of Operating Engineers Local 926
⬩ Millwright Local Union No. 1263
⬩ Iron Workers Local 387
⬩ Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 8 of the Southeast
⬩ Teamsters Local 728
⬩ UNITE HERE Local 23
⬩ AFSCME - American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
⬩ UFCW - United Food and Commercial Workers
⬩ AFGE - American Federation of Government Employees
⬩ Workers United, Southern Region, Georgia’s largest affiliate of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Support from political and issue advocacy organizations

⬩ Indivisible Georgia District 10
⬩ Georgia Equality
⬩ Sierra Club – Georgia Chapter
⬩ Human Rights Campaign
⬩ Georgia Stonewall Democrats
⬩ EMILY’s List
⬩ Daily Kos
⬩ Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence
⬩ Moms Demand Action "Gun Sense Candidate" Distinction
⬩ National Association of Social Workers - Georgia
⬩ Georgia Academy of Family Physicians
⬩ NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia
⬩ NARAL Pro-Choice America
⬩ Planned Parenthood Action
⬩ Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates
⬩ #VoteProChoice
⬩ Let America Vote
⬩ Mijente (Gente4Abrams)
⬩ MoveOn.org Political Action
⬩ Collective PAC
⬩ Our Revolution
⬩ Democracy for America
⬩ Higher Heights
⬩ Democracy in Color
⬩ People for the American Way Action Fund


Endorsements

President Barack Obama

"I am so excited to endorse Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia. She’s not running a campaign built on division or distraction; she’s running to lead one Georgia where everybody has opportunity, and everybody’s voice is heard. And she’s got the record of building consensus that shows she can deliver – with good jobs, great public education, expanded Medicaid, and secure, affordable health insurance for everyone. In a time when too many folks are focused simply on how to win an election, Stacey’s somebody who cares about something more important: why we should. That’s the kind of politics we should practice. That’s why I’m proud to give Stacey Abrams my support."

Vice President Joe Biden

“Stacey Abrams is a bold leader who knows what it will take to get results for Georgians. She understands hard work and is committed to finding solutions for the families who come home after a long day of work struggling to get by. As House Democratic Leader, she led the fight to stop a tax hike on the middle class, championed Georgia’s public schools, and advocated for Medicaid expansion. Her experience, track record of building consensus across party lines, and commitment to listening to every community in the state will make her an excellent Governor for the people of Georgia.”

Georgia Governor Roy Barnes

“I understand first hand how vital it is to elect strong leaders who will harness the full potential of Georgia. Too many have made this election about a choice between working with Republicans to maintain our AAA bond rating or fighting for access to education, health care, and jobs. Stacey Abrams has already proven she can work across the aisle to do both, and has the experience and vision to strengthen Georgia. I am proud to support her campaign.“

Congressman John Lewis

“Stacey Abrams is a deeply compassionate and thoughtful leader who is always committed to fighting for justice for the Georgians she serves. Throughout her career, I have watched her work tirelessly to build coalitions to protect the poor and middle class, fight voter suppression, and register hundreds of thousands of people to vote. Stacey Abrams is the only leader in the race who has the experience and an ambitious vision to uplift all families in our state. Georgia must seize the opportunity to be a model for our nation by electing this transformative leader, who strives to empower the people she will serve.”

Congressman David Scott

“Stacey Abrams is an experienced and principled leader who is not afraid to stand up for what is right and put service to families in our state first. As the top-ranking Democrat in the House who has stopped tax increases on the poor and middle class, fought to expand Medicaid, protected civil rights and stood up for access to quality public education, she is undoubtedly the most qualified person in the race for governor.”

Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery, civil rights leader

“I support Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia because her life’s work is informed by her dedication to helping others. Now, more than ever, we need a leader who is resilient, puts people first, and refuses to leave anyone behind. Stacey Abrams is a leader who will work for change, and help all of us find the power within ourselves to do the same. A Georgia that Stacey Abrams leads will be our Georgia — one where people are empowered to speak up and take action in the face of injustice.”

Georgia State Representative Al Williams (HD-186)

“Stacey Abrams is an effective Minority Leader who has deftly worked to re-build the House Caucus during a time of enormous change. Stacey is a candidate with unprecedented qualifications and is the right leader at the right time for our state, and I am excited she is exploring a gubernatorial run.”

Susan Clymer, Democratic activist and member of the Gwinnett County Democratic Party

“Leader Abrams has always invested in creating Democratic change in Georgia, including in communities where nobody believed such change was possible. Should she choose to run, I cannot wait to pound the pavement to tell Georgians about why she is the most qualified and compassionate leader to move Georgia forward.”

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm

“I am thrilled Stacey Abrams is taking steps towards a run for Governor. Stacey is a Southern innovator whose strategic political leadership has helped build the Democratic infrastructure that is turning Georgia blue. In the Trump era, we need state leaders who understand that a governor must serve every resident and face each challenge head-on. Stacey has a model and a track record that cannot be beat.”

Former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Co-Founder of Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence

“Georgia needs a leader with courage to take on gun violence and push solutions that will make our communities safer. Stacey Abrams is that leader and has a track record of building consensus on issues that impact Georgians daily. Stacey has what it takes to lead, and Giffords is proud to stand with and endorse her as she takes on the gun lobby and fights to make Georgia communities safer.”

Jason Kander, former Missouri Secretary of State and President of Let America Vote

“Leaders like Stacey are the ones saying yes. America is changing, but there is no reason to fear the future.”

Nina Turner, former Ohio State Senator

“Struggle is struggle. There is no rural or urban way to be poor—poor is poor. The key is to make sure everybody, no matter where they hail from, feels welcome. Leader Abrams will do that.”

Charlie Fleming, President of the Georgia AFL-CIO

“I have already seen Stacey Abrams' leadership in action for a decade, and know she has fought tirelessly day in and day out to deliver for working Georgians who are often struggling to make ends meet. Stacey Abrams has worked to address misclassification issues, advocated for raising the minimum wage, and supported union membership. She understands the concerns of Georgia workers, and the Georgia AFL-CIO looks forward to standing alongside her to make her our next governor.”

Yvonne Robinson, Secretary-Treasurer of the Georgia AFL-CIO

“Stacey Abrams is undoubtedly the strongest, most qualified candidate for governor, and will be ready to fight for Georgia working families on day one. As Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, she fought to help workers take care of themselves and their families, blocked bills to weaken unions’ free speech rights, and voted against legislation that threatened union membership. I look forward to working with Abrams once she is elected so that together, we can continue to expand opportunity for workers in Georgia.”

Edgar Fields, President of the Southeast Council of the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union (RWDSU)

“Stacey Abrams has a real plan to ensure Georgians don’t just survive but thrive across our state. Any candidate who believes equality will build prosperity is a candidate who we know will fight for working people in Georgia. Stacey has our full support in her bid to be the next Governor – she embodies the leading voice we need at this critical juncture in our state’s history – and the RWDSU will work tirelessly support her candidacy.”

Louis Partain, IUPAT District Council 77 Political Director

“It’s been far too long since working people had a champion leading our state. That is why we proudly endorse Georgia House Representative Stacey Abrams for Governor. I am a lifelong Georgian and I am excited for this moment. Representative Abrams is not beholden to the good ol’ boys and will shake things ups. I’ve watched Representative Abrams stand on the floor of the General Assembly and fight for the building trades and all working people. Our membership in Atlanta is diverse, majority people of color, reflects the future of the city, and Representative Abrams represents the future of our state.”

Dan Cantor, National Chair of the Working Families Party

“Americans are hungry for leaders who will put government to work for all working families,​ instead of doling out goodies to campaign donors. Stacey Abrams ​is one such leader with integrity and a commitment to fairness for all. The people of Georgia will be proud to call her their next Governor.”

Eric Robertson, Political Director of Teamsters Local 728

“Stacey Abrams is someone we can count on to always stand with working families. Whether it’s pushing to make childcare more affordable, expanding healthcare coverage or stopping job misclassification that cheats workers out of pay and benefits, she is fighting to make a difference in the lives of working people.”

Ilya Sheyman, Executive Director of MoveOn.org Political Action

“MoveOn.org and our 125,000 Georgia members are proud to endorse Stacey Abrams for governor of Georgia. Stacey’s campaign is channeling an inclusive populism that sees racial justice, economic justice, climate justice, and social justice as complementary — not contradictory. She is running on a bold agenda that includes debt-free four-year college, expansion of universal pre-K, expanding Medicaid to 500,000 Georgians, criminal justice reform, a bold jobs plan, and more. She’ll be a fantastic governor for Georgia and her vision is the type of future we should be envisioning nationwide.”

“The election for Georgia’s governor, and other races like it across the country in 2018, are going to be won by candidates who can motivate and inspire progressive voters; Stacey Abrams is one of those candidates.”

Let America Vote

“Having fought against extreme voter suppression efforts in the Georgia state legislature, Representative Stacey Abrams will make an outstanding Georgia governor who makes voting rights a high priority. Stacey stood up for communities of color, people with disabilities and the elderly when Republicans pushed a strict voter ID law through the state legislature. Stacey has a long record of fighting for the rights of vulnerable Georgians, which is why we are so proud to support her candidacy.”

Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List

“There’s no question about it: Stacey Abrams is the strong leader Georgians deserve as governor. Her record speaks for itself. She strove for increased access to affordable quality health care for all Georgians, championed successful legislation serving more than 100,000 children in Georgia raised by grandparents and other relatives instead of foster care, and traveled and held town halls across the state to listen to the working families she serves. Stacey knows the people of Georgia because she has fought tirelessly for them for years – and we know as governor, she will always put them first.”

“Stacey has proven herself to be an absolute tour-de-force in a state that has never before elected a woman or person of color as governor. We are proud to stand by her side.”

“Stacey has shattered barriers time and again during her career – all while proving herself as a champion for the women and families of the Peach State. As the state’s first-ever woman or African American to lead either party in the House of Representatives, Stacey is a fierce champion for Georgia’s working families and is deeply committed to ensuring all Georgians have a voice. With only two Democratic women governors currently in office, we know Stacey will make a powerful addition to their ranks. Stacey Abrams has always been a trailblazer – and she is the strong, courageous leader working families need to move Georgia forward.”

Markos Moulitsas, Founder of Daily Kos

“Daily Kos is beyond thrilled to throw our early support behind Stacey Abrams in this race. Abrams' candidacy has generated incredible grassroots excitement in Georgia. Her work in the state legislature proves her stalwart commitment to voting rights, education funding, and fair and equitable tax policies. Abrams has been a crucial voice for communities of color and other underrepresented populations, and we are impressed by her efforts in this historically red state to not only elect more Democrats to the legislature, but to also establish one of the most diverse Democratic caucuses in the South.”

"We've supported many candidates this cycle, but the community excitement around this endorsement is off the charts. We are going to be aggressive in this race. Georgia is in the midst of dramatic demographic transformation, and Abrams reflects its future. We at Daily Kos—from the top on down—are ready to work hard to elect the first black woman governor in the United States.”

Tania Unzueta, Policy Director for Mijente

“Stacey Abrams has the chance to be a national example of a progressive candidate of color who prioritizes the health and safety of our communities over incarceration and criminalization. We want to make sure that as Latinxs we make our best contribution to this effort.”

Allegra Lawrence Hardy, Campaign Chair, Partner, Lawrence and Bundy LLC

“Leader Abrams’ thoughtful leadership prioritizes creating consensus around solutions to critical issues affecting all Georgians -- but especially those who are often overlooked by lawmakers.”

Emily Ellison, Campaign Treasurer, resident of St. Simons Island and former nonprofit executive

“In her capacity as the highest ranking Democrat in Georgia, for the past seven years, Stacey Abrams has taken the time to travel to nearly every county in the state to hear from Georgians about how to make their lives better. Everywhere she goes, she leaves behind faith in her capacity to create change for all Georgians.”

James Williams, Albany, Georgia, retired law enforcement

“Leader Abrams has invested time and resources to improve all parts of the state. She understands that Albany residents may have different needs than Atlanta residents, and she works to find solutions that benefit Georgians across the state, especially South Georgia.”

Tisha Tallman, Former President and CEO, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

“Leader Abrams has proven time and again that she will support economic growth in our state – no matter what size your business or dream. Understanding the importance of small businesses as economic contributors and job creators, she has a proven record in advocating for positive legislation to nurture small business growth and sustainability. She is an entrepreneur, and Stacey knows what it takes for small businesses and families to thrive in our state.”

Andrew Feiler, President, Metro Developers, Inc. and a former constituent

“Stacey Abrams is one of the smartest people that I know. She is qualified, honest, compassionate and empathetic. She understands that good public policy is rooted in facts not fantasy. She has a proven ability to work across the aisle to get real results that make lives better. These core values and capabilities have been at the heart of her extraordinary effectiveness as a legislator and they are why I believe she would make an outstanding governor.”

State Representative Carl Gilliard (HD-162)

“Stacey Abrams provides legislators with the guidance and resources they need to succeed so that our Caucus and our constituents are stronger. I am thrilled she is considering a run for Governor of Georgia.”

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America

“Stacey Abrams is a true fighter for women and families. She is committed to safeguarding a woman’s right to access abortion and to protecting the freedoms of women and families. As governor, Stacey will look out for women and defend our right to access basic healthcare, including contraception and abortion. She has stood up to partisan attempts to restrict access to healthcare and has always shown the independent, principled leadership that Georgia families deserve. NARAL is proud to stand with Stacey as together we fight for the freedoms of all Georgians.”

Helen Kim Ho, Founder and Former Executive Director, Asian Americans Legal Advocacy Center

“It is hard to imagine someone more dedicated to making sure every Georgian has a voice in our political process than Stacey Abrams. Whether fighting in the House or registering thousands of voters across the state, she consistently stands up for a more representative Georgia.”

Tracey Ann Nelson, Executive Director, Arkansas Education Association and former Director of Government Relations, Communications and Coalitions, Georgia Association of Educators

“One of Georgia's greatest challenges is ensuring educational opportunity for all children. Should Stacey Abrams choose to run, I know she will continue to prioritize making high quality public education a reality for every student in our state.”

Additional Supporters

Former President Barack Obama, Former Vice President Joe Biden, Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes, Former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Chris Coons, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Congressman Ro Khanna, Congressman Ruben Gallego, Former Congresswoman Donna Edwards, civil rights leaders Vernon Jordan, Rev. Dr. CT Vivian and Francys Johnson, and dozens of additional current and former Georgia elected officials are all supporting Stacey Abrams for Governor of Georgia.

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