Gun control activist Lucy McBath (D) has decided “against a run for a lower-profile seat” in the statehouse, after raising more than $100,000 for a competitive race, “because she’s outraged over gridlock in Congress after the latest mass shooting in Florida.” Instead, she plans to challenge Rep. Karen Handel (R) for the seat Handel won in a highly watched special election last summer.
McBath: “This is the time we need to capitalize on this. Whether I win or lose, it still helps to push the needle on this. We have the eyes and the ears of the nation on Georgia right now, and if we can mobilize here, there will be a domino effect.”
“McBath became a nationally-known advocate for tougher gun restrictions after her 17-year-old son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed while sitting in a car with friends in November 2012. The gunman, Michael Dunn, was sentenced to life in prison in 2014 for opening fire following a dispute with the teens over the volume of their music. Soon after his death, she became an early member of the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a grassroots group that sprung up after 26 people were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.” McBath spoke at the Democratic National Convention, and has testified before Congress on the dangers of “stand your ground” laws.
“She also will be a major voice in another debate. She worked as a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines for 30 years, and has slammed the state GOP’s decision to punish the Atlanta-based airline after it severed business ties with the National Rifle Association.”
Businessman Kevin Abel (D) and former TV morning host Bobby Kaple (D) are also running for their party’s nomination. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)