2 Democrats Vie to Become Georgia's First Woman Governor

Amanda Cooper and Bill Barrow & R.J. Rico, Associated Press

May 14, 2018 - 6:13 pm

Two  Democrats Vie to Become Georgia's First Woman Governor.

One spent much of her childhood in trailers, raised by her mother, college made possible partly by a lottery scholarship and other grants.

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The other grew up in a working-class, African-American household in the Deep South, her path to law school also paved with financial aid. 

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Now, 40-year-old Stacey Evans and 44-year-old Stacey Abrams, both Atlanta-area attorneys and erstwhile legislative colleagues, want to bolster those boot-strap biographies with the Democratic nomination for Georgia governor. Either would be the first woman to claim that distinction and, if victorious in November, the first to serve as chief executive. Abrams would be the first black female governor in any American capital. 

Besides their personal success stories, the two rivals have similar policy aims on everything from health care and education to opposition to President Donald Trump. Yet they find themselves along increasingly sharp fault lines over their legislative and professional histories as they debate just who has the attributes to make life better for poor, marginalized and middle-class Georgians. Their May 22 contest is part of Georgia Democrats' latest attempt to dent GOP domination in the state. Nationally, it's a benchmark of Democrats' ongoing push for identity and direction in the Trump era.

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