Georgia Prepares for History-Making Election

The state of Georgia is making headlines for more than just its peaches. Come November, it will have five African-American women on its statewide ballot — for the first time ever, in any state.

“We did not want to miss the opportunity to get out and announce … how important this election will be in November,” Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler told the Savannah Morning News.

Doreen Carter, Liz Johnson, Robbin Shipp, Connie Stokes and Valarie Wilson are the five candidates.

“I didn’t know when I qualified on March 7 that I was going to be making history,” Shipp said. “I was just trying to serve.”

The history-making women will go on a bus tour beginning in August, hitting cities with a majority of registered Black women voters.

“Whether it’s our churches or families or sororities, you won’t find women more devoted to causes than African-American women,” said Janice Mathis, vice president and executive director of Rainbow PUSH.

The candidates’ tour will start in the Atlanta area.