Stacey Abrams, Candidate for Governor of Georgia. She formerly served in GA’s general assembly as its House minority leader.
"I am deeply introverted. My closest friends and my family know that this is the least likely job for me to have based on my basic personality. But they also know I’m very determined. I like systems, I like efficiency, and I found that if I couldn’t make politicians do what I wanted I needed to become one myself."
"I think that poverty is immoral and economically inefficient. I watched my parents try their best to mitigate it. In Mississippi they would take us to volunteer a lot. I once asked, 'Shouldn’t there be someone who could do this besides six kids and my two parents?’ Eight people seemed like a lot of ... just not enough investment in trying to solve this problem. My parents said, 'That’s called government.' The government is supposed to put together the systems to help address these issues, and it wasn’t working."
"I became fascinated by how you could make that system work, and then I became fascinated by the conversation of where the private sector fit in and the nonprofit sector. For me, politics is part of a triumvirate of learnings that I’ve tried to have. I’ve started small businesses, I’ve run nonprofit organizations. And for me, politics is one of those pieces that you have to understand. Government has to be done better if we want to serve people."
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