In a world of black firsts and barrier breakers, Stacey Abrams is looking to shake things up in Georgia. She comes from modest beginnings, one of six children of Methodist ministers, which influenced her decision to seek public office in 2006. She became the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African-American to lead the House of Representatives. Now, she's running for Governor of Georgia and could become the first black female governor.
Abrams made a career as a tax attorney and later became the deputy city attorney in Atlanta.
“I had only lived in the community for two years, so I couldn’t run on my deep history with the neighborhood. I couldn’t run on previous experience. So I ran as a technocrat,” said Abrams in an ABC News interview. “So I would do these Jeopardy-style games during my campaign where I’d have people ask me just random questions about government. And so I think they elected me just because it was, I was an oddity. But I also worked really hard. I was very relentless because government is good if it’s done well and it helps people.”
Her race may not be easy, but it is one she believes she can win although a Democrat hasn't won a statewide election in Georgia in over ten years. And, she and the other Democratic candidate have quite a bit in common: she, too, is a lawyer, a former state legislator and a woman named Stacey. Don't get confused when it's time to cast your vote.
“I don’t want anyone to elect me because I’m black,” said Abrams. “I don’t want anyone to elect me because I’m a woman. But I want them to know that as a black person and a woman who’s positioned for this job with my resume and my experience, that those are two markers that tell them that I will be good at this. Because I’ve navigated so much to be in this spot.”