Stacey Abrams ran to become the first female African American governor in the United States

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NCNW Exec Dir: Abrams Candidacy Made History and Georgia is Forever Changed

Janice Mathis says we must redouble our efforts

Maria Boynton
November 19, 2018 - 4:04 pm

Normally it's presidential elections that get the highest voter turnout. The 2018 Midterm elections, held on November 6, came in well-above the previous vote totals, and there was no balloting for President of the United States. According to the Georgia Secretary of State's Office, there were 3.9 million votes cast for the entire state of georgia in last week's election.  In 2014 the number was 2.6 million.Voters decided on both houses of congress, along with a new governor.

The race for Governor of Georgia attracted plenty of celebrities, including President Donald Trump, former President Barack Obama, and media-mogul Oprah Winfrey. And while democrat Stacey Abrams ran an above-board, and well-rounded campaign, it wasn't enough to hold off the republican candidate Brian Kemp. He received some 56,000 more votes than Abrams.

Janice Mathis, Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) says Abrams' candidacy, "made history and Georgia is forever changed" because of it. Mathis calls Abrams' run to be, not only Governor of Georgia, but the first female African-American governor in the country, "remarkable, and historically significant."

The National Council of Negro Women, according to its website, is a coalition comprised of 200 community-based sections in 32 states and 38 national organizational affiliates that works to enlighten and inspire more than 3,000,000 women and men. Its stated mission is to lead, advocate for and empower women of African descent, their families and communities.