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#WCW Stacey Y. Abrams

The U.S. has never had a black woman as Governor but our Stacey Abrams plans to change that.

She was born December 9, 1973 and is an American politician, lawyer, and businesswoman who was the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

Abrams worked as a tax attorney at the Sutherland Asbill & Brennan law firm in Atlanta, with a focus on tax-exempt organizations, health care and public finance.She was appointed the Deputy City Attorney for Atlanta at age 29.

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Abrams co-founded and served as the senior vice president of NOW Corp. (formerly NOWaccount Network Corporation), a financial services firm. She co-founded Nourish, Inc., a beverage company with a focus on infants and toddlers,  and is CEO of Sage Works, a legal consulting firm, that has represented clients including the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA.

Abrams currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Atlanta Metropolitan State College Foundation, Gateway Center for the Homeless and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, and the Advisory Boards for Literacy Action and Health Students Taking Action Together (HSTAT). She also serves on the Board of Visitors for Agnes Scott College and the University of Georgia.

If Abrams wins, she’ll be the first African-American woman governor in U.S. history. In the deep-red state, which hasn’t had a Democratic governor since 2003 and which has been entirely controlled by Republicans since 2005, it would be a coup. In a country increasingly divided by race, where the president has galvanized white supremacists, it would be a historic triumph.

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“I don’t want anyone to elect me because I’m black,” said Abrams. “I don’t want anyone to elect me because I’m a woman. But I want them to know that as a black person and a woman who’s positioned for this job with my resume and my experience, that those are two markers that tell them that I will be good at this. Because I’ve navigated so much to be in this spot.”

We are here for Stacey!


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