Five African women seeking state offices in November plan to launch a statewide bus tour in August to reach citizens and garner support for their campaigns. The women say they plan to start the tour in the metro Atlanta area and move out across the state from there.
The candidates have already marked their page in Georgia’s history books because this is the first time there are five African-American women on the ballot for state offices: Connie Stokes, who is running for lieutenant governor; Robin Shipp, who is running for labor commissioner; Valerie Wilson, who is running for school superintendent; Doreen Carter, who is running for secretary of state; and Liz Johnson, who is running for insurance commissioner.
The women held a press conference on July 23 to make the
Democratic Candidate for Secretary of State Doreen Carter says this election could serve as a milestone not just because they are African American women who are seeking office, but who are well qualified for the jobs they are seeking.
“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 master’s degree from Kennesaw State University and a Master of Theology from Life Christian University. “With myself and the other women running for state offices, 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 201,052 or 68.79 percent of
Carter says State Rep. Dawkins-Haigler, who serves as the Chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, is spearheading the bus tour.
“This tour will be a great way to