Stacey Abrams, Democratic nominee for Governor, leads ticket of over 30 WIN List-endorsed women candidates for statewide offices and legislative seats
ATLANTA, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, May 23, 2018 – Former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams has made Georgia and national political history as the first woman and African American to be the nominee of a major political party with her victory in Tuesday’s Democratic Primary. Abrams is the keynote speaker for a Georgia’s WIN List luncheon on Thursday.
Joining her on the program are Sarah Riggs Amico the Lt. Gov. nominee and Lindy Miller the Public Service Commission District Three nominee, both of them Georgia’s WIN List endorsed candidates. Four legislative candidates also will make brief remarks to represent the 27 endorsed candidates for House and Senate seats who are running against Republican incumbents or for open seats long held by Republicans.
“Having a woman at the top of the Democratic ticket was the dream of those of us who founded Georgia’s WIN List more than 18 years ago,” noted Melita Easters, Founding Chair and Executive Director of WIN List. It is now the state’s leading PAC devoted to electing Democratic women who are committed to reproductive freedom. WIN List has helped elect more than 60 women to the General Assembly over the years, 33 of whom currently serve.
There were 10 WIN List endorsed women facing Senate or House contests Tuesday. Of those, eight won their races, one advanced to a runoff and one lost. Jessica Walden advances to a runoff for middle Georgia’s House District 144 after leading a four-person field of candidates with 34 percent of the vote. Rep. Kim Schofield retained the HD 60 seat she won during a November 2017 special election and faces no opposition in November.
The WINners who go on to face Republicans in November include:
- SD 40: Sally Harrell – won 67% to 33
- SD 56: Ellyn Jeager – won 64% to opponents with 24% and 12%
- HD 37: Mary Frances Williams – won 70% to opponents with 18% and 12%
- HD 50: Angelika Kausche – won 86% to 14%
- HD 54: Betsy Holland – won 61% to opponents with 29% and 11%
- HD 97: Aisha Yaqoob – won 71% to 28%
- HD 107: Shelly Hutchinson – won 80% to 19%
Members of the press are invited to cover the luncheon at The Commerce Club in the 191 Building on Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Press registration begins at 11:30 with the program set to begin at noon. Pre-registration can be made with Executive Director Melita Easters via phone 404-408-9863 or e-mail, including television crews requiring risers.
At Georgia’s WIN List, WE BELIEVE Stacey Abrams can shatter Georgia’s glass ceiling because our WINning women are on a WINning streak.
Read the full press release here: http://bit.ly/WIN-PressRelease-May2018