Lucy McBath, Jordan Davis's mother, speaks on stage at VH1's "Dear Mama" event on May 3, 2016 in New York.…
Lucy McBath, Jordan Davis’s mother, speaks on stage at VH1’s “Dear Mama” event on May 3, 2016 in New York. Photo: Thos Robinson (Getty Images)
Six years after losing her son to violence, the first candidate, Lucy McBath, has been victorious in her quest to claim his seat in the US House of Representatives.
Her opponent, Republican Republic of Karen Handel, acknowledged the competition for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Thursday morning in a statement released on Facebook:
After careful review of all performance results, it is clear that I got up briefly on Tuesday . Congratulations to the representative-Elect Lucy McBath and I send her only good thoughts and a lot of prayer for the trip ahead of her.
Quote in February Parkland, FL Mass Photography as the driving force for her decision to run a congressional seat, McBath left her 30-year-old career as a flight attendant to embrace her call in violence control negotiations after her son’s murder.
“I’m still a mom. I’m still parenting,” said McBath to CNN. “That’s why I thought it was time to get up.”
Her son Jordan Davis became national news in 2012 after he was murdered at a gas station after a dispute over loud music. He was only 17 years old.
Using Florida’s controversial martial law as his defense, the shooter Michael Dunn did not find guilty of murder in his first trial. However, in a subsequent 2014 Justice was convicted of Dunn for first-degree murder and sentenced to imprisonment.
In immediate follow-up, McBath channeled her grief to activism. She began working with the advocacy groups Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety before becoming a national spokesman for the former and faith and investigator for both groups in 2013.
After winning one of the tightest congresses in Georgia, McB Ath is a good company. As she joins groundbreaking women of color like Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sharice Davids as one of the faces of Parliament’s new democratic majority.