- 1 Background
- 2 Democracy in Color
- 3 Flag burner
- 4 Jealous connection
- 5 Sandler/Phillips support
- 6 New Virginia Majority support
- 7 New Georgia Project
- 8 TOP connection
- 9 Supported Progressive Health Care Reform
- 10 Race to watch
- 11 Flipping Georgia
- 12 DSA connections
- 13 Race Will Win the Race conference
- 14 PowerPAC+ supported Elected Leaders
- 15 PowerPac+ Board of Directors
- 16 "New American Majority"
- 17 Launch of Democracy in Color
- 18 PowerPAC.org election strategy
- 19 BlackPAC
- 20 Anti-Trump protest
- 21 Orrock endorsement
- 22 Kamala Harris endorsement
- 23 Out of town support
- 24 Working Families Party Support
- 25 References
Stacey Abrams is a State Representative from Georgia. She is the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District. Stacey serves on the Appropriations, Ethics, Judiciary Non-Civil, Rules, and Ways & Means committees.
One of six children, Stacey grew up in Mississippi with working-class parents who taught them the value of public service and civic engagement at a young age. The family moved to Georgia in 1989, when her parents attended Emory University, where they both graduated with Masters of Divinity and became United Methodist ministers.
Stacey attended Spelman College, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Political Science, Economics and Sociology) and was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar. She received a Masters from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
Stacey returned to Atlanta as a tax attorney at the Sutherland law firm, with a focus on tax-exempt organizations, healthcare and public finance. At the age of 29, Stacey was appointed as the Deputy City Attorney for the City of Atlanta, where she led the legal and policy analysis for several major economic development, transportation and transit projects and managed a multi-million dollar budget and a team of more than 20 attorneys and paralegals.
Fiercely independent and entrepreneurial, Stacey has also founded a number of businesses, including an infrastructure consulting firm, a technology company and a beverage company for infants and toddlers. Most recently, she co-founded and serves as Senior Vice President at NOW Corporation, a financial services firm that specializes in providing access to capital for small businesses.
First elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2006, Stacey quickly became known for her expertise and ability to explain complicated tax and legal questions, and she earned a reputation for working across party lines to pass legislation. In 2010, Stacey became House Minority Leader and has led the caucus to promote and pass legislation to increase educational opportunity, promote economic security, and improve the quality of life for all Georgians.
Democracy in Color
- "Building political power in Georgia is critical to taking back our country over the next four years. In the Democracy in Color plan Return of the Majority, we show how Georgia is one of the Frontline States trending Democratic, and how we can win the Georgia governor’s office in 2018 and then capture its 16 electoral votes in the 2020 presidential race..."
Burning Georgia's "racist past" is how Lawrence Jeffries (right) described the flag-burning Sunday at the Capitol. From left are the Ina Solomon, Jeffery Harris and Stacey Abrams in June 1992. (W.A. Bridges Jr./The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Burning Georgia's "racist past" is how Lawrence Jeffries (right) described the flag-burning Sunday at the Capitol. From left are the Ina Solomon, Jeffery Harris and Stacey Abrams in June 1992. (W.A. Bridges Jr./The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Ben Jealous May 22, 2018;
- 25 years ago Stacey Abrams and I met at a training for student organizers. She told me then she would be the first black governor of Georgia.
- I told her I believed her.
- Tonight, millions upon millions more do too! And a coalition of people across our nation are building a progressive wave to make sure working families once again govern our priorities.
- Congratulations Stacey!
Stacey Abrams is vying to become the first African American governor in Georgia and some influential donors are putting their money where their mouths are—to the tune of $2.5 million
Donors are stepping up to support the former House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District in hopes of seizing the Republican Party’s stronghold over the state.
San Francisco-based philanthropist, Susan Sandler is spending $1 million to help boost Abrams’ Democratic campaign, according to USA Today. Sandler has also recruited other big donors and has commitments for another $1 million.
The Democrats believe that the red Southern state could turn blue given what happened in Alabama. Seeing Doug Jones lay the groundwork for flipping states and turning deep-red Alabama blue and becoming the first Democrat elected to the Senate in the state in 25 years means anything is possible.
“The upset election of Doug Jones in the Alabama Senate race in December gave a glimpse of a new electoral equation,” Sandler wrote in the memo. “If we elect Stacey, we will show that we know how to win in the South without compromising our principles and beliefs.”
And she knows what she’s talking about.
Sandler and her husband Steve Phillips helped fuel the large voter turnout in the Alabama Senate race. They plan to use the same strategies: a mix of door-to-door outreach, phone calls and advertising to turn the tide on the Georgia governor race.
African Americans make up about 30% of the electorate in Georgia. Sandler and Phillips want some 80,000 black voters to back Abrams in the primary. They plan to hire 250 to help them push the campaign.
From the San Francisco Chronicle;
- There’s a major Bay Area connection behind the success of Stacey Abrams, who won the Democratic primary for governor in Georgia this week and would be the first African American woman to lead a state in the nation’s history if she prevails in November.
- Long before liberal pundits and MSNBC jumped on Abrams’ bandwagon, she was getting strategic help and money from a small crew of Bay Area political operatives and wealthy donors. She’s about to get $10 million more for the general election from that group, headed by San Franciscans Steve Phillips and his wife, Susan Sandler.
- To them, Abrams represents what the Democratic Party should be doing to win back red states like Georgia as a way to take control of Congress and the presidency.
- The plan: Forget chasing working-class white voters who backed Donald Trump in 2016. Instead, appeal to a coalition that includes people of color, young voters and progressive whites.
- Or, as Abrams said on a 2017 episode of my “It’s All Political” podcast: Democrats need to spend less time convincing “Republicans to be Democrats instead of getting Democrats to be Democrats.”
- “This is a seminal moment,” said Phillips, a former San Francisco school board member and author of “Brown is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority.” “That’s why we’re so heavily involved. We see winning 2020 in winning 2018. This is the down payment.”
- Abrams’ strategy won’t change in the general election, Phillips said. The key is turning out the potential voters they know — not convincing the ones they don’t.
- To win in November, Phillips says Abrams must increase turnout among nonwhites by 230,000 — about the margin by which Georgia Democrats have lost statewide races to Republicans in recent years. There are 1.2 million eligible nonwhites who aren’t registered to vote in the state, Phillips said. His organization, PowerPAC Georgia, plans to spend $10 million in the general election to move them.
- It won’t be easy. Georgia hasn’t elected a Democratic governor since 1998. While its demographics are changing — the state is poised to become majority-minority in 2025 — it is still a red state, where President Trump beat Hillary Clinton by five points in 2016.
- To aid Abrams in the primary, Phillips raised $1.5 million from Bay Area donors including his wife, daughter of billionaire Golden West savings and loan founders Herb Sandler and Marion Sandler; Atherton’s Liz Simons (daughter of hedge fund billionaire James Simons); and Oakland attorney Quinn Delaney and her real estate developer husband, Wayne Jordan.
- That money helped Abrams match her wealthier opponent’s TV ad spending. Much of it was used in areas outside Atlanta where Democrats have run especially poorly because they’ve been unable to turn out African American and other nonwhite voters in large numbers. PowerPAC’s strategy will be the same in November.
- Four years ago, former President Jimmy Carter’s grandson, Jason Carter, fell in the governor’s race in Georgia to GOP incumbent Nathan Deal by eight points “because he lost by 300,000 votes in the small towns,” said Andy Wong, PowerPAC’s chief political strategist and executive director, who has worked with Phillips on campaigns for 30 years. “Our goal is to cut that differential to 100,000 votes.”
- “In many of those towns,” Phillips said, “people of color are so beaten down, they didn’t turn out. And there was no infrastructure there to connect with them.”
- That’s the gap that Phillips and Wong are trying to bridge.
- The pair have a history of being the political equivalent of early angel investors for African American candidates. In 2007, they supported then-presidential candidate Barack Obama by spending $10 million across 14 states. They were also early backers of Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris’ first statewide run in 2010 for California attorney general, and Democrat Cory Booker’s winning U.S. Senate run in New Jersey in 2013.
Launched in August of 2016, the Collective PAC is backing several statewide races in 2018, including Stacey Abrams Governor of Georgia, Andrew Gillum Governor of Florida, Benjamin Jealous Governor of Maryland, Aaron Ford Attorney General of Nevada, Anita Earls North Carolina Supreme Court, Deidre DeJear Secretary of State Iowa, Kwame Raoul Illinois Attorney General, Mandela Barnes Wisconsin Lt. Governor, Rob Richardson, Ohio Treasurer .
Democracy for America endorsement
Democracy for America has 68,405 members in the state of Michigan and more than one million members nationwide.
- As a part of its work in the 2018 election cycle, Democracy for America intends to raise and spend more than $12 million in support of progressive candidates, make more than 2 million voter contacts, and support more than 250 candidates nationwide -- like Abdul El-Sayed -- in running inclusive populist campaigns committed to turning out the New American Majority of people of color and progressive white voters in November.
- El-Sayed is the sixth gubernatorial endorsement DFA has made in the 2018 election cycle. Other gubernatorial endorsements the national grassroots progressive group has made this cycle includes Stacey Abrams in Georgia, David Garcia in Arizona, Andrew Gillum in Florida, Ben Jealous in Maryland, and Paulette Jordan in Idaho.
New Virginia Majority support
Tram Nguyen May 18, 2018
Get out the vote, Georgia! #makehistory #TeamAbrams
New Georgia Project
The New Georgia Project has been on the ground for years registering and educating voters — especially people of color, women of color and white women — and talking to ordinary people about values and issues that matter in their lives, such as child care. Stacey Abrams founded the New Georgia Project with a massive voter registration campaign back in 2014. 
Supported Progressive Health Care Reform
In late 2009, Stacey Abrams was one of more than 1,000 state legislators to sign a letter entitled "State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform". The letter was a project of the Progressive States Network and was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network. The letter reads in part,
- "Failure to pass national comprehensive health reform now will further jeopardize state and local budgets, undermining public services like education, public safety, and transportation infrastructure... We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and the Congress to enact bold and comprehensive health care reform this year – based on these principles and a strong federal-state collaboration – and pledge our support as state legislators and allies in pursuit of guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care for all."
Race to watch
There are two races PAC+ is looking closely at for larger strategic reasons. First is in New Jersey where Cory Booker is running for U.S. Senate, and we think Cory is well-positioned to serve as the next vehicle for the “Obama coalition” across the country now that Obama has run his last race...
- The other intriguing race is in Georgia where the incumbent Republican Saxby Chambliss is retiring, thereby creating an opening in a state that is 45% people of color and where Obama got nearly 46% of the vote without even contesting the state. Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn, is looking carefully at the race and if she gets in, things could get very interesting.
- Nunn could galvanize support from women across the country (two years before a potential Hillary run for President), helping her raise the resources to mount a competitive race. Most importantly from a strategic standpoint, a competitive Georgia statewide race could provide invaluable hands-on training to hundreds of activists and operatives who could then provide the infrastructure for contesting the Presidential race in 2016 and the Governor’s race in 2018. For example, PAC+ Board member Stacey Abrams recruited a team of 75 young organizers to work in last year’s races, and that network could be deployed, expanded, and further developed by working on Nunn’s campaign. This is a race to watch.
- Stacey Abrams and Michelle Nunn both won their primaries for the state’s 89th House District and the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate, respectively, last Tuesday night. Stacey’s primary was unopposed, but Michelle’s win last Tuesday symbolized a rising political shift in a state that is ready to turn blue. If elected, Michelle would be a pick-up for Democrats in the Senate and she would be the first female U.S. Senator from Georgia...
- Contrary to popular belief, Georgia's tipping point is not in 2020 but in 2014. Stacey and Georgia Democrats have plans laid out to chip away the Georgia Republican supermajority starting with Michelle Nunn running for U.S. Senate. Michelle Nunn, the former CEO of Points of Light Foundation, the largest volunteer service organization in the country, is the Democrat’s best chance to maintain their majority in the U.S. Senate. In addition, Michelle’s Senate race will be a chance for Democrats to harness the growing multiracial voter majority in Georgia to secure a win for Georgia Democrats.
- Georgia Democrats want to basically turn their state into the next Virginia, where People of Color can elect Democrats into office. PowerPAC+ believes it can be done. As PowerPAC+ Senior Advisor, Kirk Clay tells our team in a recent Political Intelligence blog “Black Voters Can Save the Senate," Democrats need to replace “the decline of white progressive voters with a surge of voters of color.” Clay goes on to say that “[Georgia Democrats] can’t allow African American voter turnout to drop 3-5% [if they expect win in November].” If Democrats can turnout voters of color and pull in maybe 30 or 31 percent of whites, they can elect Nunn into office.
Spoke to DSA
Campaigning for Griffin
Georgia House Democrat Leader Stacey Abrams (D-Decatur) campaigned with Floyd Griffin, the Democratic candidate for Georgia House District 145, representing all of Baldwin and part of Putnam counties September, 2016.
The visit is part of a “day of action” dubbed #OverjoyedForFloyd, in which dozens of volunteers, led by Abrams and Griffin, will make telephone and in-person calls to voters in the 145th district.
Both Griffin and Abrams hope these events will educate voters on this year’s issues, and persuade them that Griffin is better prepared to represent Middle Georgians.
“Politics isn’t a sport,” said Griffin’s field organizer, Khalid Kamau. “You can’t just root for the guy who plays for ‘your team’ no matter how inexperienced he is. Our livelihoods and hospitals are at stake. Experience matters.”
October 2017, Marcus Ferrell, the deputy campaign manager for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, left the campaign after he was outed by the Atlanta Journal Constitution for being interviewed on By Any Means Necessary, a program on the Russian-backed network Sputnik News. Eugene Puryear, the host of By Any Means Necessary, told Anoa Changa. “Yes, at times other nations point to racism to expose US hypocrisy. At the end of the day though, the problem is racism and capitalism. People who have a problem with race being ‘divisive’ in the US should work to solve the root problems. Not try to smear movements.”
From Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America September 2018 EQUALITY:
- Brian Kemp must not be governor. The Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America stand in solidarity with our fellow Georgians against the government that we have been promised under four more years of Republican leadership. We stand with the workers who work harder than any of the wealthy elite in our state. We stand with those who continue to suffer under white supremacy in the state.
- We stand with those who braved unspeakable odds to immigrate here for a better life. We stand in solidarity with every- day Georgians who just want a decent home near the people they care about, a living-wage job with dignity and meaning, and the ability to create a better future for their children.
- We stand with all of these working families who want Stacey Abrams to be the next governor of this state. For many reasons, we cannot endorse Abrams ourselves, but neither can we stand aside while our friends and allies fight for something they know will make their lives better. We voted to encourage our members, if they feel so moved, to stand up and fight in this election cycle.
- Whether it be for a campaign, registering voters, or work against voter suppression, we will support our members in their efforts. After this election, we will be working tirelessly to hold whoever wins accountable to the people of Georgia. They are there to serve us, not multinational corporations or their friends in business.
- We will also be developing and running our own candidates for office—candidates who will run with or without the blessing of the Democratic Party and will stand in opposition to the elite neoliberal capitalist establishment. We will also build working-class power through independent organizations that will always put the people over parties.
- First go vote, then come fight!
WFP Facebook Invitation
From the event:
- "On April 8, the Working Families Party is doubling down on our endorsement of Stacey by setting up shop down South! We already have staff on the ground (and you can meet them!) and are coming out strong in support of Stacey Abrams.
We want to recruit volunteer leaders across the state to build up a progressive stronghold in Georgia to win in November and beyond.
Join us at Manuel's Tavern for a launch party and meet-and-greet. Find out more about our plan to win in 2018: https://actionnetwork.org/events/georgia-wfp-launch-party
Special guests will include:
- Representative Renitta Shannon
- Councilman khalid kamau, the first #BlackLivesMatter organizer elected to public office in the country
- Senator Nan Orrock
The 2018 Georgia Governor’s race is already underway and there is a lot on the line. Georgia needs critical investments in housing, education, health care, and the environment. We need to create jobs that can move families up the economic ladder towards our dreams. The time is now to push back against policies that hurt us with a vision that will provide the kind of equitable and just state we all deserve.
The Working Families Party believes that Stacey Abrams holds that vision."
Working Families/DSA connection
A progressive advocacy group is planning to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars to elect Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, putting substantial resources behind the former state House minority leader ahead of the party’s May 22 primary.
The Working Families Party said it is aiming to spend in the “high six-figures” to canvass some 200,000 voters in the southern part of metro Atlanta in the months ahead. The group is focusing on African American voters who tend to back Democratic candidates but typically sit out midterm elections, hewing to the strategy Abrams has argued is key to Democrats winning Georgia’s governorship for the first time since 2002.
They plan to do this by focusing on a jobs and economics-heavy message, as well as issues such as health care and racial equality, according to Eric Robertson, the former union activist whom the Working Families Party has brought on as its southern political director.
“One of the reasons you see the drop-off between midterm elections and the presidential years is that the issues are not as clear between the candidates,” he said. “People don’t feel that same sense of urgency. We want to change that by having massive-scale contact with those voters to really communicate to them the issues that we think and we know are a priority.”
Eric Robertson connection
DSA North Star Online Conference Sunday September 16, 2018:
Part 1. Introduction and National Perspectives 40 minutes Introduction. What is North Star about? What do we wish to accomplish? How do we do it? We’ll begin this meet up by hearing from DSA members active in governing, electoral politics, and organizing. How have DSA members successfully organized around electoral politics?
- Miriam Bensman - NYC DSA involvement in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign & Cynthia Nixon-Jumaane Williams endorsements
- Natasha Fernandez-Silber and Tony Eggert - Detroit DSA and Rashida Tlaib campaign
- Mike Sylvester - Maine State House Rep since 2016 on being DSA member in office
- Eric Robertson - Atlanta Metro DSA and Stacey Abrams for GA gov campaign & other southern campaigns
Race Will Win the Race conference
PowerPAC+ June 25, 2014;
Today's the day! #WINin2014 Race Will Win the Race conference is finally here. Check out what's to come and join us on Twitter @PowerPAC_Plus using #WINin2014. — with Stacey Abrams, Cory Booker, Trey Martinez Fischer, Representative Marcia Fudge and Mark Takano in Washington, District of Columbia.
PowerPAC+ supported Elected Leaders
The list of PowerPAC+ leaders is growing.
- Here are the social justice champions we have helped elect.
- Stacey Abrams - Georgia State Assembly
- Pete Aguilar - U.S. Congress, California-31
- Hector Balderas - Attorney General, New Mexico
- Cory Booker - U.S. Senate, New Jersey
- Wendy Davis - Texas State Senate
- Jim Frazier - California State Assembly
- Pete Gallego - U.S. Congress, Texas-23
- Michelle Lujan Grisham - U.S. Congress, New Mexico-1
- Kamala Harris - Attorney General, California
- Mazie Hirono - U.S. Senate, Hawaii
- Mary Gonzalez - Texas State Legislature
- Mary Ann Perez - Texas State Legislature
- Mark Takano - U.S. Congress, California-41
- Michael Tubbs - Stockton City Council, California
- Marc Veasey - U.S. Congress, Texas-33
- Norman Yee - San Francisco Supervisor, California
PowerPac+ Board of Directors
"New American Majority"
Steve Phillips July 25, 2016.
- Partner in crime and amazing Georgia leader Stacey Abrams speaking from podium and giving shout-out to "New American Majority" — in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Launch of Democracy in Color
Steve Phillips July 28, 2016
Words can't convey the power of these women taking the stage and showing by word and symbol what the future looks like. — with Stacey Abrams, Nina Turner, Lucy Flores, Alida Garcia, Rida Hamida, Jane Kim and Aimee Allison in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
PowerPAC.org election strategy
PowerPAC.org is committed to supporting the civic engagement of voters of color and the election of progressive leaders of color. Much of our strategy is outlined in the book “Brown Is The New White,” written by our founder Steve Phillips. Our work involves researching where votes of color can make a difference in races, how demographic trends can affect change in public policy and leadership, and how civic engagement methodologies can change how campaigns are run.
Our work has spanned the nationwide (support for Barack Obama and civic engagement in 18 states in the 2007-2008 cycle) to the small (unseating 18-year conservative incumbents in city races in San Bernardino, CA). Most recently we worked with grassroots activists in Georgia to encourage African American voters to turn out in the CD-6 race in Georgia and to build support for Stacey Abrams’ race for Governor there. As we move forward, we will deepen our work in California as well as launching a multi-state initiative to support gubernatorial candidates of color in GA (Stacey Abrams), MD (Benjamin Jealous), AZ (David Garcia), CA (John Chiang), and FL (Andrew Gillum).
Additionally, we are in the process of building a fundraising engine to drive donations by average citizens in low dollar amounts. We think that there is power in crowd-sourcing the support of our communities of color. The voice of the growing economic power of the communities of color must be heard and their power felt.
According to Barbara Joye, January 30, 2017 started with a demonstration of solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux protest against the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) that threatens a major water source and sacred sites. A crowd of about 500, including Metro Atlanta Democratic Socialists of America members Dani Atlanta, Barbara Joye, Daniel Hanley and Reid Jenkins, marched from a rally at Piedmont Park to another at the North Ave. MARTA station. Sierra Club lobbyist Neill Herring reminded us that the Sabal Trail pipeline under construction through our state will take gas from fracking in Alabama to Florida so utilities can compete with solar energy.
Later, several thousand Atlantans massed and chanted for two hours in front of the south terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, protesting Trump's executive order excluding all refugees and banning citizens of seven Muslim countries from entering the U.S. Many MADSA members took part, dispersed among the crowd.
Congressmen John Lewis and Hank Johnson, State Sens. Vincent Fort and Nan Orrock, State Rep. Stacey Abrams, and Mayor Kasim Reed joined us - though Reed's statement that Atlanta is a "welcoming city" sparked cries from the crowd for a sanctuary city, as advocated by speaker Azadeh Shahshahani, spokesperson for GA-J20, the coalition which presented that demand to Reed's office on Jan. 20 (MADSA is a coalition member).
Kamala Harris endorsement
Kamala Harris, May 14 2018;
- I’m proud to support Stacey Abrams’s campaign for Governor of Georgia. Stacey is a fearless fighter running to become the first Black woman elected governor in American history, and she’s dedicated her entire career to advocating for the voiceless and vulnerable in Georgia. She’s never backed down from the tough fights, and she believes the potential of her state and our country is limitless if we all work together to uplift every family. Find out how you can help Stacey’s campaign here: staceyabrams.com
Out of town support
Stacey Abrams' bid to become the first female African-American governor in America is the hottest ticket in Democrats' shadow 2020 presidential primary.
Just ahead of the primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed Abrams, and California Sen. Kamala Harris visited Georgia to campaign for her. In January, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker was in Atlanta for events supporting Abrams. Nina Turner, the president of Our Revolution, the organization that emerged from Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, spent the weekend in Georgia turning out the vote for Abrams.
The national figures' interest in the race and national support for Abrams is in part a result of her appeal to both the Democrats' progressive wing and its African-American base.
There's also Georgia's status as a key state in both the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. It votes on Super Tuesday, and black Democratic voters in the South are a crucial source of delegates. The formerly deep-red state has also emerged as competitive in general elections.
Hillary Clinton's strength with black voters in the South was at the core of her strategy to clinch the party's 2016 nomination, and Sanders was never able to make up the ground he'd lost there later in the nominating process. Abrams' emergence as a Democratic star, fueled by her calls for massive black voter registration efforts, became clear to a national audience in August 2017, when the progressive gathering Netroots Nation was held in Atlanta. Abrams was among the biggest stars at the event.
Abrams' list of endorsements on her campaign website first highlights a long list of Georgia Democrats and local organizations. Only at the very end of the list is a group of "Additional Supporters" comprised of national figures. "Of course, we are really thrilled about the national support and endorsements we have received from senators from members of Congress, but really what we want folks to know is we have a really strong base of local support as well," an Abrams aide said, arguing that Abrams has told supporters and aides that her campaign is "grounded here in Georgia but nationally known."
The aide acknowledged that campaigns like Abrams could make winning Georgia in two years easier for Democrats. "The tilling of that soil is really important," the aide said, arguing that the state won't be flippable without competitive Democratic races.
The rush to back Abrams also represents Democrats' hope that 2020 will be the year they turn Georgia blue for the first time since then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton won the state in 1992.
Democrats from Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez on down remain bullish about their prospects in 2020 in a state Trump only won by 5 percentage points in 2016, making it closer than traditional swing states like Ohio and Iowa. Booker, who has focused much of his endorsement travel in 2018 on colleagues in the Senate, has stepped out and endorsed two candidates for governor so far, Abrams in Georgia and Benjamin Jealous in Maryland.
Both are African-American leaders in their respective states, and a senior aide to the New Jersey senator said one reason he has endorsed the two candidates is because he "feels especially passionately about getting more men and women of color into elected office and politics."
In an email to supporters, Booker said the Georgia gubernatorial race represents "a unique opportunity -- not only to turn the state blue, but to build progressive power in the South and bring new voices and voters into the political process nationwide."
Kamala Harris campaigned for Abrams in May, saying the race has "national impact."
Lily Adams, a spokeswoman for Harris, said the California Democrat backs Abrams because of the diversity she would bring to the upper echelon of the state's political scene. "Senator Harris, really throughout her career, has placed a premium on endorsing a more diverse set of elected officials and this year is no different," Adams said. Harris has also endorsed Aaron Ford, who would be Nevada's first African-American attorney general, and Joe Neguse, whose campaign in Colorado's 2nd District House race could make him the state's first African-American congressman.
Working Families Party Support
On April 08 2018, the Working Families Party and Georgia "feminist" Aimee Castenell held an event in support of Stacey Abrams. Speakers included Representative Renitta Shannon, Councilman Khalid Kamau and Senator Nan Orrock.
Georgia State University professor Alex Sayf Cummings, who describes himself as a "Libyan, trans, socialist" on Twitter posted a short video of the event.
From the Tweet:
- “I am a socialist.” Black Lives Matter activist and the first self-identified socialist to get elected in Georgia, khalid kamau, speaking for Gov candidate @StaceyAbrams at Manuel’s Tavern.
According to the Facebook invitation, the following were interested / attended the event:
- Josh Tuccio
- Julia Doughty
- Adam Hawley Smith
- Adam Cardo
- Felicia Tyson
- Sus Perez
- Thomas Moore
- Lorenzo Scott
- Daniel Boddie
- Paula Jackson
- Eric Thornton
- Bobbie Peek-Hall
- Antonio Barlow
- Herbie Munster
- Nse Ufot
- Chelsea C Clements
- Eric Robertson
- Donna Castenell
- Yvonne Mckethan-Roberts
- Andre Castenell
- Saira Mazhar
- Yohana Solomon
- Stephen Molldrem
- Bettina Love
- Elzbth Tlsk
- Du Li
- D. Morris Michael
- Aimee Castenell
- Annie Davis
- Marquellous Perkins
- Mark Lyons
- Pamela Winn
- Eustacia McCloud
- JZavoris Williams
- Martha Stovall
- Tom Jones
- Shelley Harris
- Seth Read
- Jennifer Grisham
- Simonee Kelson
- Nanciellen Green
- Donna Royal
- Heidi DeLoach
- Deb Temple
- Elliot Lepe Cholico
- Louis Partain
- Juanita Carson
- Ev Thomas
- Susan Smith Scallan
- Karen Henderson
- Reid Jones
- Mark Wilkerson
- Despenza Kenya
- Amanda Vasi
- Paul Griffin
- Daniel J. Hilton
- Maryann Bohannan
- Kira Minvielle
- Bryan James
- Mike Daly
- Barbara Shamberger
- Kevin Ingol
- Mimi Walker
- Jennifer Mann-Mackey
- Michelle Georgia
- Mike Tipton
- Sharon Wisinger
- Terri Kilpatrick
- Maya Chaudhuri
- David Herald
- Dele Lowman Smith
- Tyler Singh
- Candice Brook McCamman Poucher
- Book Chick Monika
- Victor Taylor
- Matthew Wolfsen
- Beverly Gray
- Joan Wade
- Debby Yoder
- Carrie Gleason
- Elaine Gowder
- Laura Mcconn
- Jillian Madden
- Cynthia Garcia
- Suzanne Wakefield
- John Hickman
- Shari Wessler
- Tonya Keatz
- Alexander Hernandez
- Matthew Pearson-Dawe
- Paul Glaze
- Tangee Allen
- Christie Kuro
- Kenyon Beasley
- Trenten Youssi
- Laura Nieto
- Gloria Sullivan
- Tori Miyagi
- Kristina Brown
- Lorraine Fontana
- Rachel Stanley
- Kim Horne Hinely
- Gwen Marshall
- Dania Rajendra
- Aaron Rand Freeman
- Milan Rahman
- Kristen Oyler
- John Gabree
- Janel Green
- Smythe DuVal
- Belinda Rodríguez
- Jonathan Massie
- Lauri K-Atl
- Wendy Castenell
- Kelsea Norris
- Pamela Lynne Russman-Chambers
- Jeena Patel
- Tosha Ford
- Mariah Parker
- Marty Bush
- Heather Bergman Robertson
- Natalia Fidelholtz
- Rabia Syed
- Emi Vallega
- Erin Parks
- My Shelton
- B. Loewe
- Brian Hill
- Jenelle Wingfield
- Patrina Huff
- Katrina Gamble
- LK Sims
- R.L. Nave
- Keira Dandridge
- Toniann Read
- Ashton Walker
- Janet Steinheimer
- Carolyn Aidman
- Kiddada Asmara Grey
- Erika Maye
- Lisa Flick Wilson
- Anmaar Javed Habibinator
- Ucha Hanna Ndukwe
- Megan Braden-Perry
- Erin Oakley
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