Politics

State Sen. Nikema Williams ‘Very Honored’ To Be Party’s Choice In 5th Congressional District Race

State Sen. Nikema Williams, D-Atlanta, has been chosen to replace the late John Lewis on the November ballot to represent Georgia's 5th Congressional District.
State Sen. Nikema Williams, D-Atlanta, has been chosen to replace the late John Lewis on the November ballot to represent Georgia's 5th Congressional District.
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Georgia state Sen. Nikema Williams, the Democratic Party chair, is speaking out about her party’s choice to place her name on November’s congressional ballot in place of the late John Lewis.

That selection process took place almost two weeks ago.

But, because she was in mourning for her close family friend and mentor, Williams hasn’t been up to granting interviews, until now.

She tells WABE’s “Morning Edition” host Lisa Rayam that she’s humbled.

“Growing up, Lisa, as a little girl on a farm in rural Alabama … I literally grew up in a home with no indoor plumbing and no running water,” Williams said. “I couldn’t have written a better story for my life. I am very honored. And I am ready to go to Washington and be the voice of the people of the 5th Congressional District.”

As they discussed the late civil rights icon, Williams replied, “Congressman Lewis was a very close friend. He was a mentor to me. I learned so much from him.”

Williams’ opponent in November is Republican Angela Stanton-King.

Note: “Morning Edition” has requested an interview with Stanton-King about her platform.

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