Stacey Abrams recently announced that she will decide by the end of April if she will become a candidate for the Georgia Senate in the upcoming 2020 elections. If so, she’ll face incumbent Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga).
Abrams responded to questions about a possible bid by CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin before a packed audience at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) on Tuesday.
“I’ve told Chuck Schumer that I will make a decision and he will know what I am going to do as soon as possible,” said Abrams followed by an eruption of audience applause.
Abrams continues to tour the country to promote her new book, “Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change.” The paperback serves as a revision of her 2018 autobiography, “Minority Leader: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change.” This new version provides an overview of Abrams’ upbringing which has shaped her personal, business and political vision. It’s also a navigational guide for those outside of the power cliques who aspire to climb the ladder of success. Each chapter concludes with a series of skill-sharpening exercises.
The former gubernatorial candidate wears many hats: attorney, entrepreneur, politician, activist, author and devoted family member.
“She is one of the most compelling political figures in America today,” said Lissa Muscatine, co-owner of Politics and Prose Bookstore which co-hosted the event with UDC. “She captivated people across our country with her unwavering efforts to protect voting rights.”
A voracious writer and planner, Abrams appears to always take an analytical approach to working through challenges. In her youth, she created a spreadsheet mapping out her life vision. She set her sights on being governor on that spreadsheet. When she pursued that governorship goal with the 2017 start of her campaign, Abrams says she faced a bevy of skepticism — something that did not surprise her.
“We are told that we are bound by our race, our gender, our age, our economics,” Abrams said. “It’s a daring thing to say you want something.”
After a grueling governor’s race, Abrams has since turned her attentions to her newly-formed organization, Fair Fight Action.
“We know that the 2018 elections in Georgia were rife with mismanagement and irregularities,” she writes on the organization’s website. “That’s why I’m making it my mission to advocate for free and fair elections.”
Abrams gave actionable life guidance during a Q&A session at the end of her conversation with Baldwin. When asked to share advice for young women who want to make a difference in America, Abrams offered a realistic approach.
“You can’t solve every problem,” she said. “But you can work on the problem that worries you the most.”