Georgia U.S. Senate Democratic Primary Hopefuls: Maya Dillard-Smith

Maya Dillard-Smith
Maya Dillard-Smith
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This is part of a series of interviews with the Democratic Senate candidates on the ballot June 9, hoping to challenge Republican David Perdue in November.

Maya Dillard-Smith is a civil rights attorney, economist, former judge and former Georgia state director of the ACLU. She gained national attention when she left the organization after pushback from comments she made about H.B. 2, North Carolina’s “bathroom bill” in 2016. She entered the race in part, she said, because it was “deeply concerning to her” that there were no qualified black candidates on the ballot. “Black people have been the moral consciousness of this nation and the bedrock of the Democratic Party,” she said.

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“Americans and Georgians are thirsting for fairness. They’re thirsting for individuals to set rules and actually follow them. And it’s one of the things that desperately motivated me to run in this election,” she said. “It is also true that I am the most qualified candidate in this race. I’m an authority at the intersection of law, policy and economics where I’ve dedicated my service to the public interest.”

Dillard-Smith grew up in California and moved back to Georgia five years ago, where her family is from. She resides in Southwest Atlanta.

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