Democratic candidate Doreen Carter’s campaign for Georgia’s Secretary of State is gaining momentum. Carter, who won the General Primary as the Democratic nominee in May, had the chance to address hundreds at the July 8 faith rally that drew hundreds at Centennial Park in downtown Atlanta.
“I really believe this is a great opportunity for the body of Christ to step up and address issues that have hurt our community, issues such as discrimination and job disparities,” said Carter. “I also believe it’s important for people to see through me that yes, you can grow up in Atlanta public schools and not only be successful, but also make an impact in your community.”
Gospel recording artist and Pastor William Murphy was on hand at the event to perform and give a verbal nod of approval to Carter. He urged attendees to vote for her.
“We have prayed and served together for many years. She is my spiritual daughter and I believe God is leaning in her direction,” said Murphy, who credits Carter as one of the founding members of The dREAM Center Church of Atlanta. “We thank God for her and we believe that she will be the next Secretary of State for the State of Georgia.”
Carter traveled to Forsyth County on July 9 to serve as the keynote speaker at the Democratic Women’s meeting. The next stop on the Carter campaign trail will be on Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m., in Decatur’s Maloof Auditorium, where she will speak on her platform at a State Democratic Party multi-county meeting.
“We are picking up more momentum. Now, we must raise more money. We have to continue to get the word and gain support from voters across this great state,” said Carter, who has already made stops in South and Middle Georgia, as well as several spots in the Metro.
Carter said this election could serve as a historic milestone for African American women.
“We’ve all taken on this election with a team approach. There has never been an African American woman elected to a Georgia Constitutional Office,” said Carter, who has a MBA from Kennesaw State University and a Master of Theology from Life Christian University. “With myself, Valerie Wilson, who is running for State School Board, Connie Stokes for Lt. Governor, we can all do something special on this ticket with the support of the voters.”
In the May primary election, Carter defeated Democratic opponent Gerald Beckum with 69 percent of the vote. Beckum garnered 31 percent of the vote. She faces Republican incumbent Brian Kemp in November.
If elected, Carter says she plans to tackle voter suppression, giver better access and availability for voters, help seniors vote easily across the state and work to make the online professional licensing and voter registration websites better.