The results of this year’s midterm elections are going to be incredibly important, not just because they could help save us from the unchecked reign of Donald Trump’s presidency, but also because they could shape our political landscape for several years to come.
A plethora of offices in different states will be on the ballot in November. There is the whole House of Representatives, a third of the Senate, 36 governorships, and a good smattering of state legislature seats up for grabs.
With so many races on the horizon, Stacey Abrams from Georgia stands out amongst the pack. Here’s a quick run down of why she matters and has the powers that be shaking in their boots.
1She’s self made
Unlike some high profile people in politics Abrams comes from humble beginnings and was raised by working-class parents in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Her family later moved to Atlanta so her parents could study to become Methodist ministers.
Through blood, sweat and tears Abrams earned a law degree at Yale and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin before ultimately returning to Atlanta. She practiced tax law before becoming deputy city attorney in 2002, and was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2007, becoming the first woman party leader in state history in 2011.
She said her desire to provide the state’s families with more pathways to prosperity is what motivated her to run for governor.
“I watch politicians on both sides of the aisle, and a lot of our policies are geared toward survival ― how do we keep people where they are,” Abrams said. “And particularly on our side of the aisle as Democrats, we have forgotten that we are supposed to be the party of prosperity for those who are disenfranchised and left behind.”