Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams said Wednesday that she plans to run for governor of Georgia in 2022, setting up a showdown with Republican incumbent Brian Kemp.
Abrams announced the news with a two-and-a-half minute campaign video titled “One Georgia,” in which she touts her history as an activist in the state.
“Opportunity and success in Georgia shouldn’t be determined by your zip code, background or access to power,” Abrams said in a tweet. “For the past four years, when the hardest times hit us all, I’ve worked to do my part to help families make it through. My job has been to just put my head down and keep working — toward One Georgia.”
If Abrams wins, she’d be Georgia’s first Black governor and the first Black woman elected governor in U.S. history, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted.
Abrams previously ran for governor in 2018, narrowly losing to Kemp by less than 1.4 percentage points in an election that was plagued with voting difficulties that especially impacted people of color.
After the loss, Abrams responded by spearheading an ambitious voter registration effort. The organizing paid dividends in 2020 as the state flipped blue, sending Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock to the Senate and contributing to Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
Georgia Republicans, led by Kemp, reacted by passing a sweeping bill in 2021 making it much harder to vote in the state. In a statement at the time, Rep. Nikema Williams (D), chair of the Georgia Democratic Party, called the measure the “most flagrantly racist, partisan power grab of elections in modern Georgia history.”