DCR Politics: Georgia Democrats choose Nikema Lewis to replace John Lewis on the November ballot.☕☕☕

Ayyyeee… What’s Goodie Everyone. So I got some tea and it comes on the hills of the death of Democratic Congressman John Lewis Death. A Woman chosen by Georgia Democrats to replace John Lewis on the November ballot.

On Monday Georgia democrats chose Nikema Williams, a state senator and chairwoman of the state party, to replace the late congressman John Lewis on the November ballot.

According to The Washington Post; The state Democratic Party’s executive committee, which consists of 44 members, selected Williams after a high profile panel of Georgia Democrats had narrowed the list of applicants to five.

Nikema Williams, 41, was first elected to the Georgia State Senate in 2017, and two years later, she became the first black woman to chair the Georgia Democratic Party.

Williams were among 15 demonstrators who were arrested in Georgia Capitol in November 2018 at a protest organized by a local Black Lives Matter group demanding that state officials tally all absentee and provisional ballots in that year’s gubernatorial election. The charges were later dropped.

Sachin Varghese who is the state party’s general counsel, said that members of the executive committee agreed that Williams’s “years of service to the Fifth District and commitment to justice make her the best possible candidate for this role, with a very important legacy to uphold.”

He also added that “this was a very difficult decision to make so soon after Congressman Lewis’s passing.”

In her remarks to the executive committee, Williams said she was grieving for Lewis, who she called “a personal hero, friend and mentor.”

“Nobody could possibly fill the shoes of Congressman Lewis,” she said, adding, however, that she has a long record of standing up for what’s right, as Lewis did.

“It would be the honor of my life to serve as the voice of the 5th Congressional District,” she said.

The Democrat will face Republican Angela Stanton-King, an author and television personality. In February, President Trump pardoned Stanton-King for her role in a stolen vehicle ring, for which she was sentenced in 2007 to six months in home confinement.

John Lewis’s seat will remain vacant until January unless Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) calls a special election for the remainder of the late congressman’s term. Kemp has not indicated whether he plans to do so.

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