Georgia makes history: has largest number of black women on single ballot
In November, Georgia will make history. For the first time in the state and the nation, five black women will be on a statewide ballot.
These candidates include Doreen Carter for secretary of state, Liz Johnson for insurance commissioner, Robbin Shipp for labor commissioner, Connie Stokes for lieutenant governor and Valarie Wilson for school superintendent.
Wilson won her nomination the previous day in a runoff against another black woman, Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan of Austell.
The Democratic ticket also includes Senate candidate Michelle Nunn. Nunn and Libertarian Amanda Swafford, both white women, will face Republican David Perdue in November’s Senate race.
“Never before in the history of Georgia or the nation has there been five African-American women on a ballot statewide,” said Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler, D-Lithonia. “So, we did not want to miss the opportunity to get out and announce this to everyone in the state of Georgia and tell everyone how important this election will be in November.”
The candidates will embark on a statewide bus tour in August to rally support. The tour is slated to start in Metro Atlanta and travel to cities with a significantly large black population of registered women voters.
Much success to all five candidates as they push to make a difference in the state’s legislative branches.
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