Georgia Democrats Nominate Black Woman for Governor
ATLANTA — May 23, 2018
Stacey Abrams, an Atlanta-based Democratic lawyer, could become the first black governor in US history after her triumph in a series of primaries that left several women with options for public office in the midterm elections next November.
Abrams made history on Tuesday by becoming the first African-American female governor nominee of a majority party. The Democrats chose her ahead of Stacey Evans.
The former president of the state General Assembly insisted that the way to make a dent in Republican hegemony in Georgia was not by persecuting older white voters who moved away from the Democrats in recent decades but by expanding the electorate by attracting young nonwhite voters who have never participated in the electoral process.
She will test her theory against the Republican primary winner, who will face Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle with Secretary of State Brian Kemp in July.
In Texas, Dallas' Hispanic ex-sheriff won the second round of the Democratic primary and will be the first Latino and openly gay woman to aspire to the Texas governorship.
Attorney Lizzie Fletcher, a former member of Planned Parenthood, far surpassed activist Laura Moser, who founded a group against President Donald Trump and hopes to stay with the district retained by Republican John Culberson since 2001.
In the border district of San Antonio, Gina Ortiz Jones, a veteran of the Air Force and a former intelligence agent, won the support of the Democrats to face Republican Will Hurd in November. Jones would be the first openly gay congresswoman in her state.
Voters also elected nominees for various positions in the states of Kentucky and Arkansas.