A white man killed her son and now Jordan Davis’ mom is running for office in Georgia

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Lucia McBath’s life changed forever in November 2012 when her son was shot and killed by a white man because of the volume of his music.

The man, 45-year-old Michael Dunn, shot into a car full of teenagers ten times. Jordan Davis died on the scene. Dunn was tried and sentenced to life without parole.

A grieving McBath was shocked when she got a text message from the father of Trayvon Martin, who had been killed just months earlier: “I just want to welcome you to a club that none of us want to be in.”

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Just three weeks after Jordan’s death, the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre occurred, and McBath got a call from a woman named Shannon Watts, the woman who launched Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She wanted McBath to be part of the national conversation on gun control.

“The work was calling me,”Lucia McBath told Mother Jones of her activism. “I wanted to be speaking about violence prevention. I wanted to be challenging our legislators and our civil leaders.”

For the past five years, McBath has spoken publicly on the issue of gun control. She has not been shy about her activism, and her emotional story has allowed her to connect with people on an issue that can be incredibly contentious.

McBath for Georgia Congress

Now, Lucia McBath is taking her activism one step further and is running for a seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.

It’s a tough fight in Georgia’s Cobb County, which is traditionally conservative, though the demographics there are changing.

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“People have a perception of what Cobb County is,” said Cobb County Democratic Committee Chairman Michael Owens. “What we’re now having to do is force our political leadership to look more like the actual demographics that we have.”

But Lucia McBath isn’t going to let the conservative-leaning area intimidate her, though.

“All of the preparations and the battles that I’m having to fight now to save people’s lives, to take this work to a whole other level, is tough,” she said.

But “what else could you do to hurt me? Bring it on.”

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