The AAPIs support for Stacey Abrams as she announced her bid for the gubernatorial election last May.
By Anna Kim
As Governor Nathan Deal’s term is coming to an end, gubernatorial candidates of their respective parties have been vying for the support of Georgian voters. The political profession predicts that this election will be more heated than ever before.
Virtually, four Republicans who officially announced their run are Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, State Sen. Hunter Hill, and State Sen. Michael Williams. How about Democrats? House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and State Rep. Stacey Evans are the top candidates we need to watch.
In particular, Stacey Abrams, the Georgia House Minority Leader, a Yale Law School graduate, former tax attorney, and the go-to Democrat, didn’t pass up the opportunity to persuade Asian voters, and Helen Kim Ho, attorney and former Executive Director of AAAJ-Atlanta, was willing to pull together a small gathering with Abrams’ campaign.
The private event for Stacey Abrams and Asian American leaders, where the Asian community power was present, was held on the 14th of July at Helen Kim Ho’s home. Abrams talked about her vision for the State of Georgia and heard from the attendees. Stacey Abrams’ vision for Georgia is bold and ambitious children, engaged citizens, and a thriving and diverse economy.
She has a boundless belief in Georgian’s capacity to prosper.
“I have a vision for Georgia where equality fosters prosperity, and where everyone has the opportunity to succeed---not just survive. That is why I am running for Governor of our state,” said Stacey Abrams. “I know our beginnings do not have to dictate who we will become. Practically, I have the courage, commitment to service, and experience to make this vision a reality. We have the ability to build a stronger, brighter Georgia. It is time for transformative leadership, powered by all of us.”
Should she flip the state in 2018 by becoming the nation’s first black female governor? The thing is, she has been early putting forth an effort to run up the tally in Democratic bastions and her campaign has been well being underway so far.
Georgian voters, especially Asian American electorates, are looking for the candidate who has been sincerely serving them without regard to race, age, gender, or national origin, sticking to equitable opportunity.
The Asian community keeps tabs on the gubernatorial candidates’ trajectory of authenticity.
“The role of Georgia’s Governor is one of the most important policy positions in our state, and I absolutely believe Stacey Abrams should be our next Governor,” said Helen Kim Ho. “I am committed to seeing someone in that role that has actively served our Asian American, Pacific Islander communities and has smart solutions for issues that impact our families, children, our schools, jobs, and businesses. Tonight we had an amazing opportunity to get to speak one-on-one with a leading candidate for our state’s highest elected role, and have your voice heard.”
The race to succeed a term-limited Gov. Deal is wide open, but it’s shaping up to be a heated and costly bid among the 6 candidates and more forthcoming. Hereupon, what the candidates need to be aware of as they set off for their campaign journey is that the beauty of the State of Georgia is its multi-cultural diversity, embosoming all Georgians.
Stacey Abrams has a boundless belief in Georgian’s capacity to prosper.
Stacey Abrams talks about her vision for the State of Georgia and hears from the attendees.
The Georgia State Capitol Building in Downtown Atlanta.