Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams is scheduled to make an appearance in Forsyth County this week during the final stages of a bitter campaign that has become a proxy for both major political parties’ chances in the Nov. 6 midterm election.
Abrams will be at Fowler Park on Friday, Oct. 26, at 10 a.m., as part of a “We Are Georgia” bus tour, along with Sarah Riggs Amico, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.
A former state House minority leader, Abrams is trying to become the first black female governor of any state.
Abrams’ race against Republican rival Brian Kemp, the Georgia secretary of state, and Libertarian Ted Metz has received national attention, both for Abrams’ potential at making history and for issues reflective of the political climate.
Kemp has been endorsed by President Donald Trump and characterized Abrams as a “radical” while criticizing the support she has received from celebrities across the country.
Most recently, Kemp has said Abrams wants to let immigrants without legal status vote in the upcoming election based on recent comments she made during a campaign event. Abrams’ campaign says Kemp is twisting her words.
Abrams has been endorsed by the likes of former Presidents Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter and contends that Kemp has used his office as secretary of state to suppress votes, particularly among minority groups. A recent Associated Press report found 53,000 Georgians were on the “pending” list for failing Georgia’s “exact match” verification process, nearly 70 percent of which were from black applicants.
Kemp said he was just following state law and that those on the “pending” list could still vote by bringing a proper ID when they vote.
By the time Abrams visits Forsyth County, she will have squared off with Kemp in their first debate.