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Georgia House rep launches bid for governor in Albany

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A top Democrat in Georgia's legislature formally launched her bid for governor Saturday.

Georgia House Minority Leader and House Representative Stacey Abrams made the announcement at a barbecue event at Chehaw Park.

If elected as Governor, Abrams would make history by being the first African-American woman to become a governor in the U.S.

Abrams was elected to the state legislature in 2007 and is the first woman to lead a political party in the Georgia General Assembly.

"Albany understands better than a lot of places how important a responsive government can be," Abrams said. "It's a place that has amazing promise. It's also a place that has amazing challenges, struggles and everything in between. I want to be a governor that serves the entire state. I think Albany is the best place to begin that conversation."

She represents House District 89 which includes part of the City of Atlanta and Dekalb County.

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