The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) announced Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia House Democratic Leader and founder and chair of Fair Fight, will be headlining the Party’s Dec. 6 Founders Day Dinner.
“It is an honor to be rallying Democrats in Minnesota, a crucial battleground state in the nation and a state with a proud Democratic legacy of fighting to make the ballot box accessible to all,” said Abrams. “My Fair Fight 2020 initiative includes Minnesota because the stakes are high in the upcoming election, and a Democrat needs to win Minnesota to win the White House. Minnesotans’ access to good health care, strong public schools and economic security depends on DFLers winning big. I look forward to joining the DFL and Chairman Ken Martin for their Founders Day Dinner and working with the party to keep Minnesota blue in 2020.”
“Stacey Abrams is an invaluable leader in the fight to end voter suppression and ensure a fair and accurate census,” said DFL Chairman Ken Martin. “I really admire Abrams’ dedication to making our government more responsive to and representative of the American people, and I am thrilled she will be headlining our Founders Day Dinner.”
Martin said Abrams coming to the state signals the importance of Minnesota in the 2020 electoral picture.
“Minnesota has some of the most competitive elections in the nation coming up in 2020. DFLers know how high the stakes of these elections are, which is why we are rolling up our sleeves and getting to work,” said Martin. “Our party is out recruiting volunteers, engaging our neighbors, and registering new voters. We are extremely fortunate to have an ally like Stacey Abrams supporting our grassroots organizing.”
Abrams’ name has been surfacing in vice president talks on the Democratic side. In 2018 the Abrams was narrowly defeated in her bid to become Georgia governor, signaling her strength as a candidate. Georgia has been a solid Republican state for years and during the race the eventual winner, Gov. Brian Kemp, who was secretary of state at the time, purged more than 340,000 voters from the rolls – many who were Black. Abrams lost by less than 60,000 votes.