ATLANTA — Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is now facing a challenge from his left flank.
Democratic State House Rep. Bee Nguyen announced her candidacy for the 2022 State Secretary race Tuesday morning.
As Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month begins, the daughter of Vietnamese refugees aims to be the first Asian American woman elected to the office of the Peach State’s top election official with her announcement Tuesday morning.
Nguyen played on the Star Wars Day trope with her social media post Tuesday announcing her jump into the Secretary of State race: “May the Fourth Bee Nguyening!”
Challengers already declared include Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle, South Georgia author and former police officer Manswell Peterson, and U.S. Congressman Jody Hice, former President Donald Trump’s pick to primary the Republican Raffensperger.
Nguyen was elected in a 2017 special election for House District 89, which encompasses much of East Atlanta, including the Gresham Park neighborhood, parts of Druid Hill, and the southwestern corner of DeKalb County.
She has been a high school teacher and activist for education and is running her platform on equity, access, and efficiency.
“We imagine a Georgia where the color of our skin and the places we live don’t determine our destinies,” Nguyen said in her announcement.
She has been outspoken about violence against Asian American people as a way of scapegoating during the COVID-19 pandemic and joined other area AAPI lawmakers in demanding justice for the victims of the March 16 spa mass shootings that killed eight, including six Asian American women.
Nguyen also has been vocal about decrying the “Big Lie” that Trump lost the November election because of widespread fraud, notably dissecting claims of election misdeeds in a 10-minute video posted on the Washington Post’s website.
She has also been a staunch critic of the controversial state election law Republicans drafted and ushered through the legislature as a result of unfounded fraud allegations that reduces some of the voter access enjoyed in November and limits election powers for the very office she is seeking.
“Republicans have done everything in their power to silence the voices of voters who chose an America that works for all of us and not just some of us,” she said in her announcement. “”We will not allow anyone to stand in our way of free and fair democracy.”