Gov. candidate Abrams comes to Madison

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Stacey Abrams, who is running for Georgia Governor, visited Madison last week for a meet-and-greet in the Madison City Meeting Hall.

“I intend to be the next governor of the great state of Georgia,” said Abrams last Saturday in Madison. Abrams, a Democrat, is hoping to become the first African-American woman governor in America’s history.  She is already the first African-American woman to even run for governor in Georgia.

Abrams ascended from humble beginnings to reach for the highest office in the state.  Many across the state and the country believe that office is within her grasp. Abrams is touting a “vision for Georgia where equality fosters prosperity and everyone has the chance to thrive” as she travels the state to win voters.

Abrams is competing against Stacey Evans for the Georgia Democratic Party’s nomination in the upcoming primary election on May 22.

Some Morgan County Democrats are throwing their support behind Abrams.

“I met Stacey Abrams six years ago in Savannah, Ga. at the Georgia Municipal Association,” said Madison City Councilwoman Carrie Peters Reid, who orchestrated the event for Abrams.

“I remember her charisma and great leadership skills. She’s very relatable…It seems like the girl next-door is running for governor of Georgia. The next governor will be an African-American Woman.”

“Just to meet Stacey Abrams is to adore her,”

said Patsy Harris, a member of the Morgan County Democrats. “And what a woman of leadership she is!”

Abrams served 10 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, six of those years as the leader of the House Democrats. She is a Spelman graduate and a Yale Law School graduate.  With a background as an attorney, businesswoman, and politician, she hopes to become the next governor to move Georgia in a new direction. Abram’s platform is focused heavily upon improving and protecting public education.

“Public education saved my life,” said Abrams on Saturday.

She recounted how her parents came from abject poverty in Mississippi only to emerge through public education. Now, she wants to ensure that Georgia students have the best public schools possible.

“I am proud to be the strongest advocate for public education in this race, Democrat or Republican,” said Abrams.

“I have never voted to auction off our public schools to private interests. I have never said that we should put money into private school vouchers when we aren’t willing to pay for our public schools.”

Abrams isn’t just interested in strengthening public schools, but investing in Georgia children from “the cradle to career” by ensuring high-quality and affordable childcare, universal pre-k programs, and access to higher learning.

Abrams also plans to invest in small businesses to create a more “fair and diverse economy,” and for her first act as governor to expand Medicaid to cover the half a million Georgians without healthcare and save the rural hospital across the state in danger of closing.  “We cannot afford not to,” said Abrams.

Abrams also supports criminal justice reform that focuses on treatment for those struggling with addiction and mental illness, as well as “restoration pathways” to rehabilitate people who have served prison sentences back into productive members of society.  This issue is a personal one for Abrams. Her own brother was incarcerated because of his struggle with addiction and bipolar disorder.

“We all stumble, we all deserve the opportunity to stand again,” said Abrams who said there are thousands of people across Georgia like her brother who have fallen through the cracks of the system without treatment, healthcare, or opportunities to rehabilitate their lives.  “I will be the governor who sees them all and serves them all,” said Abrams.

Abrams also bragged about her “bad grades” from the National Rifle Assocation (NRA), quipping that her “Ds” and “Fs” are the only bad grades of which her parents have ever been proud.

“I will bring my bad grades and my bad attitude to the governorship,” said Abrams of her support for gun-control measures, such as universal background checks and an assault weapons ban.

Abrams vowed to be a governor for all the people should she be elected.

“I don’t believe it’s about Democrats or Republicans everyday. It’s always about real Georgians. It’s always about our lives,” said Abrams.

To find out more about Abram’s platform, visit: staceyabrams.com.

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