Stacey Abrams, a former candidate for the Georgia governorship, is considering running for office again. However, several Democrats are not enthusiastic about her potential candidacy.
While speaking with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Abrams stated that political office is just one way she intends to address critical issues and achieve long-term change.
She didn’t elaborate on whether she will challenge Republican Governor Brian Kemp in the next election.
According to the AJC, more than three dozen Democratic officials, party leaders, and activists suggest that Abrams may not have the same unified support she enjoyed after her first defeat to Kemp in 2018.
Some Democrats believe that another charismatic Democrat could take them all the way in 2026 and that it’s time for new, fresh candidates to emerge and take the party forward.
David Ellis-Mendoza, the chair of the Bartow County Democrats, told the AJC that Abrams’ team “repeatedly” failed to “build ties with rural and exurban counties.”
While many Democrats praised Abrams’ work mobilizing voters and laying the groundwork for the party’s 2020 gains, some worry that she became too much of a celebrity and lost touch with voters.
Stuart said, “I do believe there might be another charismatic Democrat that can take us all the way in 2026.”
Overall, Democrats are uneasy about Abrams’ potential candidacy and believe that the party needs to move forward with new and fresh candidates who can energize voters and win elections.