This November, Georgia will make history, or herstory. For the first time in Georgia and the U.S., five African-American women will be on a statewide ballot. These candidates include Doreen Carter for secretary of state, Liz Johnson for insurance commissioner, Robbin Shipp for labor commissioner, Connie Stokes for lieutenant governor and Valarie Wilson for school superintendent.
“We did not want to miss the opportunity to get out and announce this to everyone in the state of Georgia and tell everyone how important this election will be,” Democratic state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler told the Savannah Morning News.
As part of their campaign the candidates will tour the state on bus, making sure to hit the areas of Georgia with a high number of registered black female voters to solicit votes. Their first plan of attack is metro Atlanta area.
Vice President and Executive Director of Rainbow PUSH Janice Mathis said their efforts show the dedication African-American women have toward important issues.
“It is a historic occasion, and it is so consistent with the way African-American women treat their institutions,” she said. “Whether it’s our churches or families or sororities, you won’t find women more devoted to causes than African-American women.”