Sarah Riggs Amico has cleared the first election hurdle of her burgeoning political career and will now face off against a Republican for the office of Georgia Lieutenant Governor. She received 277,675 votes (55.28 percent) to 224,638 (44.72 percent) for her opponent, Triana Arnold James.
Amico, a Kennesaw resident who was profiled earlier this month by the Cobb County Courier, vastly outraised her Democratic primary opponent Triana Arnold James.
She’ll head to November’s general election to face the winner of a July GOP runoff between David Shafer and Geoff Duncan.
Amico counts herself among this year’s wave of first-time female political candidates and has identified healthcare and public education as her top priorities if elected.
“We ran a positive campaign focused on building a vision for Georgia that builds people up rather than tearing other people down,” said Amico. “We focused on the kinds of policies that families need to access the American dream: Quality public education for every child no matter their zip code and access to affordable, high-quality healthcare.”
It’ll be an uphill battle, however. No woman has ever held the office, and no Democrat has won any statewide office since 2006. But in a new political era, she hopes to defy the odds, and isn’t the only candidate in her party with historic goals in mind.
Joining Amico atop the statewide Democratic ticket is Stacey Abrams, who would become the first-ever black female governor in the United States if elected. Amico said she plans to work with Abrams over the next six month and bring a historic victory to Georgia.
“Abrams has been incredibly welcoming and I’m certainly excited about the ticket,” Amico said. “It’s a dynamic team. You’ll have a business person and an attorney, someone from the suburbs and someone who lives in the city. Somebody who is experienced in the state legislature and someone who is an experienced job creator.”
The general election will be held on Nov. 6.