Stacey Abrams isn't going anywhere. Says 'Yes, I will run again' at women's summit
Just in case there was any doubt, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams definitely plans to run for office again. She confirmed her plans to do so Tuesday in front of a crowd in Laguna Niguel, Calif. at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit. Though Abrams didn’t say what office she plans to run for, she highlighted the success of her campaign and how she was able to engage a diverse coalition of voters around the state—ultimately getting more votes than any other Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia’s history.
“We tripled the number of Latinos who voted. We tripled the number of Asian-Americans. We increased African-Americans by 38%. Increased the youth vote.”
One of the great things about Abrams (and there are many!) is the fact that she remains confident in her message and unapologetic about reminding everyone that her opponent will take office under a cloud of voter suppression. Almost one month after officially ending her bid for governor, Abrams still refuses to concede the race—acknowledging that Republican Brian Kemp will be the state’s next governor but that he cheated in order to get there. At the summit, Abrams said about the election, “What happened was not just. That anyone had their vote tarnished or restricted or narrowed is wrong.”
This is why she is currently hard at work with her organization Fair Fight Georgia, which seeks to make elections fairer in Georgia and around the country. Last month, the group filed a lawsuit against the interim Secretary of State and the state’s election board members. Abrams and voting rights advocates around the state want to make sure that all eligible voters have their votes counted in the future.
It’s heartbreaking that Kemp managed to cheat his way into the governor’s mansion. Still, let’s give credit where it’s due. Abrams ran a bad ass campaign and managed to make history as the first black woman to be nominated for governor by a major party, all while inspiring voters and changing politics in the South forever. It’s really good news that she’s not going away anytime soon. Georgia needs her and America does too.