Fed up with what has been happening on the ground in Georgia, Amy Siskind has decided she is going to get down here and “do something” about it. On the off chance, she is sincere in her offer to help, Siskind should leverage her national platform and influence to not only support Stacey Abrams in her bid for Governor but invest in grassroots organizing and transformative candidates doing the work.
We have many amazing people running up and down the ballot who need support in the efforts to flip districts all over the state. From Lucy McBath running in the 6th Congressional District against Karen Handel to Joyce Barlow in HD 151 running against a 35 year incumbent in a District including Randolph County which recently made headlines for attempted voter suppression.
Contrary to Siskind’s belief, a lot is happening on the ground here in Georgia. But transformative change isn’t cheap. It takes funding and sponsors to help support the fantastic organizers and volunteers who are building the winning coalition for Election Day and beyond. Voter Rights champion, The New Georgia Project, has teamed up with Working Families Party to maximize opportunity and reach in the upcoming election. The collaborative organizing that is happening here in the state that could certainly use a boost. Feeling generous? Donate today!
Siskind should take Stacey’s lead and de-center herself. Stacey doesn’t make this about her; she centers the entire state and voters. Stacey has taken the time to support the efforts of down-ballot candidates and understands we are stronger when we build in relationship with each other.
Part of the resistance sisterhood and broader resistance family is lending a hand to make all the things possible. If Siskind is sincere, here are several candidates who could use a boost!
Shelly Hutchinson – House District 107
Shelly is a fantastic organizer, mother, wife, and social worker. She is precisely the leader House District 107 needs. Shelly is committed to bringing meaningful representation and focus to community issues to this majority-minority district. Shelly is focused on having inclusionary governance rejecting a person’s zip code as being determinant of their access to quality education and community resources.
Joyce Barlow – House District 151
I first learned about Joyce during the first community meeting down addressing poll closures in Randolph County, Georgia. She is running against a Republican incumbent who was first elected in 1982. During a stop in Dawson, GA Joyce talked at length about some of the issues plaguing the district including the fact that three hospitals have closed in her district. Rural hospital closures, in part due to uncompensated care cost, have been a significant issue across the state.
El-Mahdi Holly – House District 111
El-Mahdi is running in Henry County to the south, which has recently made news due to the attempted de-annexation of portions of Stockbridge, GA to help form the proposed City of Eagles Landing. The de-annexation is an unprecedented action. El-Mahdi is. Also, House District 111 has been gerrymandered three times in the past five years. House District 111 is one of the “most flippable” seats in Georgia. El is working to ensure that we have a Georgia that works for all with a particular focus on health care and expanding community opportunities for youth and families.
Fenika Miller – House District 147
Fenika is an advocate and community leader in Warner Robins GA. First running in 2010, Fenika has continued to engage in her local community serving as a resource to women and girls all over the state. Fenika is a fierce advocate across many issues including building an inclusive district, based on equity, and a thriving economy in which everyone can succeed and prosper.
Dawn Johnson – State Senate 47
Inspired by the wave of activism post-2016, Dawn stepped forth to run in State Senate District 47. Dawn is running a grassroots people-powered campaign focused on issues such as Medicaid expansion, economic security for working and middle-class Georgians, and bringing green jobs to Georgia. Dawn is a fierce justice fighter, willing to stand up against the hate and stagnation from the other side.
Janice Laws – Georgia Insurance Commissioner
After an explosive win in the primary, Janice Laws has set her sights on being Georgia’s next Insurance Commissioner. Janice is focused on improving rates for car and health insurance as well as working to ensure transparency and accountability. With some of the highest insurance rate increases in the country, Georgia needs Janice to enact policies to the benefit of ALL Georgians and not a select few.
Otha Thornton – Georgia School Superintendent
Otha has a rich history in Georgia and education. As the first Black man to serve at the head of the National Parent Teachers Association, Otha has the skills and temperament for working with teachers, parents, and elected officials on issues that directly impact our communities and schools.
Richard Keatley – Georgia Labor Commissioner
The value of a strong labor commissioner who is focused on improving opportunity for all cannot be emphasized enough. Richard Keatley is the labor leader Georgia needs. Richard is not only seeking to restore a Democrat the role; he is focused on workforce development, expanding career centers and opportunity, servicing veterans and more.
Georgia sound off! Who else needs our support?
At the end of the day, I don’t want to argue or quarrel. I do not speak for or on behalf of the Abrams campaign. I want to see people doing the work getting what they need to win. Amy Siskind has decided that she is going to swoop in and save it all. We in Georgia do not have time to babysit celebrities looking for their next pet project. Our elections are not a publicity stunt. But you can most certainly provide attention and support to the fantastic people above. Ensuring their success strengthens the statewide support for Stacey and puts Georgia on the right path.