VOTE FOR CHANGE IN GEORGIA

Below is information on how to register to vote, key dates in the midterm election cycle, and a breakdown of candidates we endorse.

 

Primary Voting:
May 22, 2018

Election Day:
November 6, 2018

 

Primary Voter Registration Deadline: April 24, 2018
General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018


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The “issue of reproductive choice and reproductive health will not be an off-shoot conversation (in the governor’s race). It will not be a quiet whisper. It will be a proud and central facet of this campaign.” 

- Stacey Abrams (source: Politically Georgia)

Stacey Abrams
For Georgia Governor

Stacey Abrams, a former Georgia state legislator, was the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African American to lead the State House of Representatives. She is a guardian of women’s reproductive health care and she wants to be Georgia’s next governor. You should want her to be too. She supports access to contraception and understands birth control is an important component of basic health care.

She:

  • Blocked legislation that would have taken women’s reproductive health care rights backwards by stopping a eugenics anti-abortion push.
  • Was part of legal opposition to a 20-week abortion ban that kept the legislation at bay for six years
  • Led the push that weakened Georgia’s 20-week abortion ban
  • Blocked TRAP (Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers) legislation
  • Founded the New Georgia Project which registers people to vote
     

She has been endorsed by:

  • Emily’s List
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Georgia
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Planned Parenthood Action
  • Planned Parenthood Southeast Action
  • #VoteProChoice
  • Other organizations and people that support her Democratic ideals

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“I’m fighting for you, because when I had nothing and no one, people fought for me.”

- Jen Jordan (source: jen4ga.com)

Jen Jordan
For Georgia’s State Senate District 6

An attorney, wife and mother, Jen Jordan has put women’s medical rights at the forefront of her campaign. She supports women’s rights to make their own reproductive health care decisions, guaranteed access to birth control and keeping health clinics open largely because her life experiences have demonstrated just how important those things are to women’s health. She’s also a proponent of universal background checks for gun purchases and a state-wide minimum wage of at least $10.10 an hour (higher in cities, if voters approve).

She has:  

  • Sued the Georgia Secretary of State for illegally distributing personal information about all of the state’s 6 million voters. (Her suit led the state to finally provide voters with required legal notice about the breach and to provide credit repair insurance.)
  • She has fought tactics to suppress Georgians’ voting rights
  • Fought for the Hidden Predator Act (a measure for victims of child sexual abuse)
     

She has been endorsed by:

  • Planned Parenthood
  • Emily’s List
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC
  • Georgia’s WIN List
  • Other organizations and people that support her Democratic ideals

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“A woman’s personal decision to use birth control should be made in consultation with her doctor — not her boss, nor a politician. Birth control is basic health care. Ninety-nine percent of American women between the ages of 15-44 who are sexually active will use birth control at some point in their lives.”

- Nikema Williams
(source: Georgia Democrats)

Nikema Williams
For Georgia's Senate District 39

Incumbent Senator Nikema Williams has long fought for women’s rights to make their own health care decisions and always advocated for women and families. She won her senate seat during a special election last year, but is seeking a full term because she wants to push for affordable, accessible health care for all Georgia residents. 

She has:

  • Been a super-delegate from Georgia to the 2016 Democratic National Convention 
  • Served as vice president of Public Policy for Planned Parenthood Southeast
  • Been honored by Outstanding Atlanta for her community involvement

She has been endorsed by:

  • Emily’s List
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • Planned Parenthood Southeast Advocates
  • Progressive Change Campaign Committee
  • Women Under 40 PAC
  • Georgia Equality
  • Georgia’s WIN List
  • Other organizations and people that support her Democratic ideals

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“I plan to bring my experience as a corporate professional to the State Capitol to fight for better healthcare laws, guaranteed access for women to reproductive healthcare, and family-friendly legislation.”

- Betsy Holland
(Source: betsyforgeorgia.com)

Betsy Holland
Georgia State House of Representatives, District 54

During more than 20 years with Turner Broadcasting, Betsy Holland focused largely on helping Turner give back to the community. Now, she’s running for the State House of Representatives because she wants to help the community in different ways. Holland supports a system of fair school funding and legal, equitable treatment of all state residents because she doesn’t want bigots to be able to hide behind so-called religious freedom.

She has:

  • She developed corporate volunteer and community outreach programs
  • She been on the boards of the Atlanta Community ToolBank, ToolBank USA, Communities in Schools and Fugees Family
  • Led a church women’s group dedicated to social justice and community issues

She has been endorsed by:

  • #VOTERPROCHOICE
  • Emily’s List
  • Georgia’s Win List
  • Other organizations and people that support her Democratic ideals

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"We have had an increase in anti-choice legislation over the years, and it has been coming from the South. It has been coming from places where I live, where I want to protect."

- Park Cannon (Source: cnn.com)

Park Cannon
House District 58

An advocate for women’s reproductive rights, Incumbent Park Cannon is a queer black woman who was one of the youngest representatives ever elected to Georgia’s state legislature. She wants to maintain her seat in the State House of Representatives where she can fight for more affordable housing for her constituents, continue fully funding public schools and provide funding to end disparities in maternal health.

She has:

  • Worked with social justice nonprofits
  • Worked as coordinator for the Black Women’s Wellness Program at Atlanta’s Feminist Women’s Health Center 
  • Been a volunteer for Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America

She has been endorsed by:

  • #VOTEPROCHOICE
  • Georgia’s Win List
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America
  • People for the American Way
  • Other organizations and people that support her Democratic ideals

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“Only 26 percent of our state legislature is represented by women. Policies that impact our bodies, families, and pocketbooks are made by men. I will fight for equal pay, reproductive justice, and the right to have a voice at the table.”

- Bee Nguyen (Source: beeforgeorgia.com)

Bee Nguyen
House District 89

Last year, Bee Nguyen tasted electoral victory as campaign manager for state Representative Sam Park, who became the fist, openly-gay Asian man to serve in the state legislature. Now, she wants a win for her own campaign so that she can continue to fight for: equality for Georgia residents, equal access to affordable health care and property tax reform that would benefit senior citizens.

She has:

  • Lobbied for the passage of the Pursuing Justice for Rape Victims Act as a fellow with the Georgia Women’s Policy Institute
  • Served as chief of staff for Democratic Rep Sam Clark
  • Served on the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, where she fought for Georgia residents to have access to health care and Georgia schools to get enough funding to support a 180-day school year

She has been endorsed by:

  • Planned Parenthood
  • Emily’s List
  • Georgia’s Win List
  • Other organizations and people that support her Democratic ideals

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“I joined (the Women’s March) because I wanted to get our communities fired up about something. I wanted them to realize that it wasn’t just them that were disheartened. I wanted women, in particular, to understand that there is so much more to look forward to, and so much work to be done. I joined the march because it was a way to let out my disappointment with the incoming, and now, president, but work towards a future where we are no longer silent about the issues that plague women, communities of color, LGBTQ individuals, immigrants and people with disabilities.”

- Aisha Yaquoob (Source: khabar.com)

Aisha Yaqoob
House District 97

An advocate for immigrant rights and Atlanta-based policy director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Aisha Yaqoob, has worked with both sides of the political aisle seeking civil rights legislation for people of color and immigrants. She is running for a seat in the Georgia State House because she is committed to equal pay, ensuring women get to weigh in on bills and legislation that affect women’s bodies, reproductive justice and disability rights.

She has:

  • Founded the Georgia Muslim Voter Project
  • Co-organized the Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women in January 2017
  • Was awarded the Georgia Muslim 40 Under 40 from the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta

She has been endorsed by:

  • Georgia’s Win List
  • Georgia Equality
  • Emily’s List
  • Other organizations and people that support her Democratic ideals

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“Without good health you cannot work, you cannot raise your children, you cannot provide for those you care most about. Health care is more than filling out forms, paying premiums, and being transferred from one doctor to another. It is about taking care of your body and your mind – from nutrition and prevention to medication and treatment. Women and children, the poor and the elderly are the ones who suffer most. Their rights must be protected. From women’s reproductive rights and victim support to Medicare and Medicaid, I promise to work for you.”

-Deborah Gonzalez
(Source: votedeborahgonzalez.com)

Deborah Gonzalez
House District 117

An attorney and entrepreneur, Deborah Gonzalez has a particular focus on protecting children and families. She has lobbied for the Domestic Minors Sexual Trafficking Act, protested for women’s and human rights led a series of First Amendment clinics for creatives during this period of resistance. Now, she’s seeking elected office because she believes a productive citizen-government working relationship is the way to solve community problems. 

She has:

  • Spearheaded a series of pro bono clinics at Nuҫi’s Space, Athens
  • Served with UGA’s Fanning Institute of Leadership
  • Worked with Latino Justice (formerly PRLDEF)
  • Been Associate Vice President at GSU Perimeter College
  • Been President of the Georgia Music Industry Association

She has been endorsed by:

  • Emily’s List
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“I fully support funding programs that help enable women to have the autonomy to make reproductive decisions. This includes greater access to contraception products and family planning services.”

- Lucy McBath
(Source: lucyforcongress.com)

Lucia “Lucy” McBath
Georgia’s 6th Congressional District,
U.S. House of Representatives

Lucy McBath is a former 30-year employee with Delta Airlines’ In-Flight Services and the mother of Jordan Davis, who was killed in a racially motivated shooting. The tragedy kicked her activism into high gear and McBath became national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She supports paid maternity leave and paternity leave and opposes the Trump –Handel plan to defund Planned Parenthood. Lucy McBath deserves your vote.

She has:  

  • Lobbied Georgia’s Congressional, State House and State Senate delegations to enact common sense gun violence prevention laws
  • Served as a surrogate for the 2016 Hillary Clinton for President campaign as one of the “Mothers of The Movement”
  • Testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Lobbied members of Congress
  • Spoken at the White House Summit on Educational Excellence for African Americans

She has been endorsed by:

  • Emily’s List
  • Giffords Courage to Fight Gun Violence