The Republican candidate for Georgia’s 5th District Congressional seat is responding to her Democratic opponent’s decision to not take part in a virtual debate.
Georgia state Sen. Nikema Williams says she will not take part in the virtual debate for the Atlanta congressional seat previously held by the late Congressman John Lewis. Williams’ campaign announced that she will not debate Republican opponent Angela Stanton-King in October.
Williams wrote on Twitter, that she’s a parent with a child in virtual kindergarten, and also working full time. She was chosen by the Democratic party of Georgia to replace Lewis’ name on the November ballot.
Angela Stanton King calls Nikema Williams’ elitist behavior is both reprehensible and predictable.
Stanton King said Williams, “has not only attempted to deprive voters of their rights by way of her perfunctory political appointment, she is also denying voters debated policy information needed to make informed decisions. The Atlanta Press Club is one of the largest, balanced and professional journalism associations in the country. Missing a couple hours of her child’s kindergarten class is a preposterous excuse. As a mother raising five children, they are my inspiration to show up for the people of Georgia, not my excuse.”
Stanton King recently stopped by WABE’s “Morning Edition” and shared with show host Lisa Rayam her reasons why running to serve the 5th District is so important.
Stanton King said, “I’ve been here since I was 17 years old. I’ve watched the community grow. I’ve watched the leadership stay the same. Things that we were fighting for, fighting against 20 years ago, we are still fighting for and against now.”
She added, “I’ve been active in public service in the Atlanta area for over 15 years. I have a heart for the people in the community and I want to serve them. ”
Voting rights she says is important and everyone has the right to have their voice heard. She continued, Georgians should let their thoughts known as it relates to what you stand for and represent.
On criminal justice reform in the 5th District, Stanton King says “It’s not something that needs to be overlooked and we need to fight for the American citizens that have been rehabilitated and give them a second chance at life. ”
WABE’s Maria White Tillman contributed to this report.