July 20, 2020 3:15 PM Home2020 ElectionsSen. Nikema Williams Heading To Congress Sen. Nikema Williams Heading To Congress By edatlanta 2020 Elections, Atlanta, Congressional Races, Democrats, Politics 9 Comments Congratulations to Senator Nikema Williams for winning what is likely the smallest vote in Georgia’s history to send someone to congress. The Democratic Party of Georgia’s 44-member executive committee selected her as the replacement for the late John Lewis. Williams earned 37 votes. She will have to face a Republican, Angela Staton-King, but I don’t expect that to be a spirited fight. Share this:TumblrFacebookRedditTwitterEmailPrint Related Tags:Nikema Williams About Author edatlanta 9 Comments chamblee54 Nikema Williams is best known for being arrested at an illegal rally. After her arrest, she shamelessly grandstanded, and claimed to have been strip searched. Georgia Democrats can do better than this. July 20, 2020 4:29 PM Log in to Reply armanidog And Republicans can do better than this: Ten percent of Georgia’s polling places saw the last person cast their ballot after 8 p.m. on primary election day June 9, with nearly all of them in large metropolitan counties and half of them serving majority-Black precincts.In all, two-thirds of the 243 voting locations that stayed open more than an hour past polls closed were in majority non-white communities. About 35% of the state’s roughly 2,300 polling places for the primary were majority non-white. https://www.gpb.org/news/2020/07/17/heres-what-the-data-shows-about-polling-places-lines-in-georgias-primary Tell me that’s not a racist attempt to block black voters from voting. Kemp pulled the same trick in the governors race. As SOS he shut down polling places used by mainly black folks. How about a fair election? Or are you scared? July 20, 2020 7:44 PM Log in to Reply chamblee54 This is why we can’t have nice things. Yes, the Republicans are dirty dogs. But are the Democrats any better? I am not familiar with the legislative record of Rep. Williams. All I know is the public image. And that public image is ugly. Is there any way we can verify if Rep. Williams was strip searched? If she was not, then she owes the public an apology. If Rep. Williams was strip searched, please do not release the photographs. July 21, 2020 8:28 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance 54, the reason you have such a limited familiarity with Ms. Williams is because you apparently have limited your sources of information. Along with that comes the spin and tint of information. That same arrest you reference was simultaneously covered in some sources- and was viewed widely across social media- very positively. Why you may ask? Because it was a protest against voter suppression which she felt passionately about, and the issue needed immediate attention. Many viewed it as an act of “good trouble”, in the same vein as espoused by John Lewis. Which would make her, in that spirit, a good if not excellent successor to Mr. Lewis. But it doesn’t sound like you reviewed any of those sources, or bothered to look for them (or her legislative record). Before you say we can do better, at least do all of us here some justice (if not all of Georgia) and dig a little deeper, and make your most informed opinions. July 21, 2020 9:08 AM Log in to Reply chamblee54 “Because it was a protest against voter suppression which she felt passionately about, and the issue needed immediate attention.” You must have a short memory. VS was the centerpiece issue of Stacey Abrams. By the time of Rep. Williams’s arrest, you could not believe most of what you heard. Rep. Williams merely jumped on an overloaded bandwagon. I still am waiting for evidence that Rep. Williams was strip searched. Ad hominem attacks do not count. July 21, 2020 11:09 AM bethebalance 1) Just because Stacey Abrams spearheads an issue, others can’t be advocates? As if it doesn’t take a movement of people to effectuate change? 2) You say you can’t believe what you heard, but you actually chose to believe in the coverage that omitted critical perspectives. Thus, you made choices in what information you consumed and believed. That’s on you, not Ms. Williams. 3) Testimony is a form of evidence. You say you want proof, but not photographs, which would be inappropriate anyways… So what would you believe? A confession from the strip searcher? As if that’s plausible? You could easily accept her testimony for what it is, even if you would like corroboration. I will thereafter presume that you apply the same exact standard for proof to every statement you observe and consume. July 21, 2020 6:17 PM drjay maybe in a general election, but i don’t see the advantage of doing this to one side or the other in a primary…i don’t know that the gop cares that much whether tomlinson or ossoff ends up running against perdue..or how what you describe would lead to one or the other’s victory or defaet…also there were a lot of covid related details that were out of either the secretary of state’s or the local election boards hands…and speaking of local election boards, they have a lot more control over what you are describing than the state does…i will concede that the rollout of the new machines was messy, but that was the case for everyone not just city folks or black folks or whatever…and i realize anecdotes are not statistics, but it was plenty a cluster in my majority white, southeast georgia suburb precinct, which was in an emergency back up location, with fewer than normal workers, and covid related protocols that made the whole thing take longer than usual…our precinct was one that stayed open late… July 21, 2020 8:40 AM Log in to Reply armanidog “It’s becoming clear why the US’ response to COVID-19 is terrible” https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/inside-the-us-pandemic-incompetence-it-starts-at-the-top/ Kemp is mentioned July 20, 2020 7:52 PM Log in to Reply drjay i haven’t looked at the numbers, but i can’t help but wonder if staton king isn’t running to make money…she’s some sort of reality tv personality, right? i remember back in 08 a family member from maryland asking about deborah honeycut and saying that they had sent her money for her run against scott…i would expect staton king to be able to tap the same vein… July 21, 2020 8:22 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.