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Lawrenceville resident Nabilah Islam announces campaign for 7th District
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Democrat Nabilah Islam, of Lawrenceville, announced on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, she would run for Georgia's 7th congressional seat in 2020.

A new candidate has announced her intention to run for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District.

Democrat Nabilah Islam, of Lawrenceville, announced on Wednesday she would run for the seat in 2020, saying that she wants to represent “working families who are too often overlooked by politicians in Washington.”

“I was raised by a mother who supported us by flipping burgers at Hardees and lifting boxes as an order puller,” Islam said in a news release. “My mom got injured at work and the medical bills nearly bankrupted our family. Our story isn’t unique. I’m running because too many people are working too hard for not enough. Georgians are living paycheck to paycheck, while Republicans and Donald Trump pass out tax breaks to big corporations.”

A first-generation American and daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants, Islam said, if elected, her goals are to improve access to affordable health care, better wages and immigrant rights.

“Donald Trump attacks people in our community just like my family who weren’t born with everything handed to them,” she said. “I’m going to be a Congresswoman with a bold, progressive, immigrant, working-class voice who won’t be silenced.”

Islam, a graduate of Georgia State University, has a history of helping with Democratic campaigns in Georgia and the Southeast.

She has previously served as campaign manager for Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens, president of the Gwinnett County Young Democrats and southern states coordinator deputy finance director for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Islam is the third Democrat to announce her campaign for the seat after Marqus Cole, a lawyer from Snellville, and Carolyn Bourdeaux, who teaches at Georgia State University and was the Democratic candidate for the seat in 2018.

While the race was already expected to be tough, it has gained extra attention after the recent announcement that Incumbent Rep. Rob Woodall would not seek a sixth term for the office.

Georgia’s 7th Congressional District makes up the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.