Stacey Abrams, a Democrat, said on Wednesday that she will run for governor of Georgia again in 2022, clearing the path for a rematch with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp.
In the midst of a divided political climate, Abrams, a former state representative, made the announcement on social media with a more than two-and-a-half-minute video promoting a mantra of “One Georgia.”
In a tweet accompanying the video, Abrams stated, “I’m running for Governor because opportunity in our state shouldn’t be defined by zip code, background, or access to power.”
In the November 2018 gubernatorial race, Kemp defeated Abrams. After the election’s tight outcome, Abrams refused to concede. Her defeat prompted a flurry of litigation, which temporarily altered some voting standards and elevated her to the status of a national voting activist. In a campaign video released on Wednesday, Abrams praised her lobbying work over the last four years.
Kemp has announced his reelection campaign and has garnered support from law enforcement and the business sector. The competition between the two has lasted throughout Kemp’s presidency, and it is expected to intensify during and after the November 2020 presidential election.
Fair Fight Action, Abrams’ group, was one of the most vocal opponents of the state’s election law reform measure, which Kemp signed in March.
Abrams was a member of the Georgia House of Representatives for ten years before retiring to run for governor. From 2011 through 2017, she was the minority leader. Kemp is a former state senator and former secretary of state.
Prior to the general election on November 8, a primary election will be held on May 24. Vernon Jones, a former Democrat who became a Republican state representative, and Elbert Bartell, an independent, have announced their intentions to run for governor. The primary election qualifying deadline is March 11.