Thirty miles Northeast of Atlanta, comprised of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, the 7th is a majority-minority district. Twenty-five percent of the district is foreign-born and Gwinnett County is one of the most diverse counties in the Southeast.
The old guard of Georgia politics has left this community behind, refusing to provide the life-changing policies the people of the district need. Nearly a quarter of the district wakes up every morning without health insurance. Gwinnett County has the highest rates of deportation in Georgia, with 250% more detainees being sent to ICE in 2017 than 2016. This number continues to rise with the Gwinnett County Sherrif’s extension of the 287(g) program through June 30th, 2020. This community is affected by low wages. People making the federal minimum wage cannot afford a one-bedroom apartment at the median market rate. Atlanta is well known for its traffic woes and its suburbs are no different. This community is largely disconnected from greater Atlanta due to the lack of investment in public transportation and the crumbling infrastructure.
Shifting demographics and frustrations with the status quo have put this district into play in 2020. After almost a decade in office, the Republican incumbent is retiring. Democrats lost this seat by only 433 votes in 2018, while Stacey Abrams won the district, as did several State House and State Senate Democrats. The results of 2018 showed us that this district is hungry for reflective representation and a candidate who understands the community’s lived experience.