This year Georgia citizens will elect their next governor. The candidates are Brain Kemp (Republican), Stacey Abrams (Democrat), Elbert Bartell (Independent), President Boddie (Independent) and Shane Hazel (Libertarian).

After the 2022 Georgia Primary Election, Georgia Republicans chose Brain Kemp over David Perdue and Kandiss Taylor as their nominee. Stacey Abrams automatically advances as her party’s nominee for governor.

Abrams waves to crowd at political rally. Photo: AP News

Despite her loss in the 2018 governor election, Abrams feels ready and confident as she runs against Kemp. She was a top Democrat in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007-2017 and has always tried to be a bipartisan consensus builder. Abrams’s vision states, “opportunity and success in Georgia shouldn’t be determined by zip code, background or power.” She hopes that through her policies, she can help all Georgians work together and thrive. Some of her experience includes the Fair Fight Action and Fair Fight PAC, the Southern Economic Advancement Project and the New Georgia Project. 

Kemp travels on his campaign trail across Georgia. Photo: CNBC

Kemp, who is the incumbent candidate, hopes that his actions over the past four years will encourage voters to re-elect him. Prior to being elected, Kemp built his business, Kemp Development and Construction Company, which was extremely successful. He hopes some of his policies that will win over the voters are his Georgia handgun laws, opting out of school mask mandates, and prohibiting “divisive concepts” in education. Also, right after the primary in May, Kemp approved an income tax cut for state employees and teachers while also temporarily suspending the state gas tax. Kemp’s campaign said, “Kemp is running for re-election to continue putting hard working Georgians first, and ensure Georgia remains the best state to live, work, and raise a family.”

This is not the first time that Kemp and Abrams have been running against each other. Kemp won the 2018 Georgia Governor Election. According to AP News, Abrams said, “Four years ago, I warned about the failure that Kemp was going to be. And four years later I am going to prove he was the wrong choice for Georgia.” Especially with the political climate today in the United States, the most talked about topics are abortion rights, guns laws and the overall economy in Georgia. The election takes place Nov. 8, 2022, and it is vital that eligible Georgians get out vote. 

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