Sarah Riggs Amico: protect LGBTQ youth
Other statewide Democratic candidates also addressed LGBTQ issues during their convention speeches.
Attorney General nominee Charlie Bailey noted that Republican incumbent Chris Carr doesn’t have assistant attorneys general working on organized crime or human trafficking.
“While he doesn’t have that, he’s got us involved on the wrong side of every national debate that’s going on right now,” Bailey said.
Carr in April joined a group of 17 attorneys general in a letter to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services voicing support for “religious freedom” rights. He also ignored calls by LGBTQ groupswho asked the state to drop out of a lawsuit challenging federal guidelines on the treatment of transgender students. President Trump later reversed those guidelines.
Bailey drew a loud, sustained cheer from the audience when he announced he would, if elected, create a civil rights division. He said this would be a first for the Georgia attorney general’s office.
“The civil rights division would serve as an independent watchdog protecting the people of Georgia against civil rights abuses and violations,” Bailey told Project Q Atlanta in a statement on Monday.
He also said Monday that during the 2019 legislative session, he would push for the passage of a comprehensive statewide civil rights bill that includes sexual orientation and gender identity.
“In this bill, I will ask or request the authority to prosecute either government or private actors who violate someone’s rights under the law,” Bailey said. “This is important because the days of Washington defending our rights are over. We have to be prepared to protect on a state level, and that’s why we need an AG who is dedicated to doing that.”
Sarah Riggs Amico (second photo), the nominee for lieutenant governor, vowed to protect LGBTQ youth.
“I believe no parent should ever have to worry about the safety of their child simply because of what they look like, or who they love, or how or if they pray,” she said during her convention speech.
She also noted that two women are at the top of the Democratic ticket, and they’re joined by several other female statewide candidates. The surge in female candidates has been an election year trend, with Georgia at the top of the list as a strong example.
“On Nov. 6, Democrats will shock the nation by turning Georgia blue,” Amico said. “We are going to put two women in the highest offices in this state, and we are going to show these boys how it’s done.”
Abrams echoed that theme with the choice of the music to cap off her keynote speech. Beyoncé’s “Run the World” played as she was joined onstage by Amico, Public Service Commission nominee Lindy Miller, Public Service Commision nominee Dawn Randolph, Insurance Commissioner nominee Janice Laws and the male statewide candidates.
Secretary of State nominee John Barrow, State School Superintendent nominee Otha Thornton, Agriculture Commissioner nominee Fred Swann and Labor Commissioner nominee Richard Keatley also addressed the convention on Saturday.