Five Black Women on Georgia Ballot Make History

The candidates will go on a bus tour beginning in August to rally votes.

Posted: 07/28/2014 03:51 PM EDT

In November, Georgia will make state and national history when five African-American women appear on a statewide ballot.

“I didn’t know when I qualified on March 7 that I was going to be making history. I was just trying to serve,” labor commissioner candidate Robbin Shipp told Savannah Morning News. “So joining these ladies, joining this slate from the top of the ticket to the bottom, I believe that we are presenting to the state of Georgia an opportunity to elect individuals who genuinely care about families, who genuinely care about our children.”

The other history-making candidates include Connie Stokes for lieutenant governor, Liz Johnson for insurance commissioner, Doreen Carter for secretary of state and Valarie Wilson for school superintendent. A bus tour featuring the candidates and a group of elected officials will kick off in August, making stops in cities with a majority of registered Black women voters to rally votes.

Vice President and Executive Director of Rainbow PUSH Janice Mathis told Savannah Morning News that the candidates’ efforts demonstrate the dedication African-American women have toward important issues.

“It is a historic occasion, and it is so consistent with the way African-American women treat their institutions,” she said. “Whether it’s our churches or families or sororities, you won’t find women more devoted to causes than African American women.”

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(Photo: Courtesy WSBTV)

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