Candidate Name: Antwon Stephens
What office are you running for?
Georgia’s 9th Congressional District
With which party are you running for office?
November 3rd, 2020
Why are you running for office?
I am running for office because I am disappointed with incumbent Doug Collins as a native of this district. I was born and raised in a very impoverished north Athens-Clarke County. It is a mostly minority community that was also gerrymandered to shut out our voice on the national level. I have watched a religious extremist congressman that has only been concentrated on theatrics completely ignore the minority, LGBTQ+ and lower class communities of Georgia’s rural 9th congressional district. He has long used racist and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and I am hurt as a Black American that is a openly LGBTQ+. I am running to stand up for the forgotten about people and issues of this community because I understand them on a personal level and it is time to fight back against extremism in Washington.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
There are numerous issues plaguing northeast Georgia from an outrageous rural poverty rate to lack of quality healthcare. My New Rural Deal platform addresses so many issues of rural Georgia but I would say the biggest issue is healthcare. I am a proud supporter of Medicare for All because it is time to stop making excuses for why those at the bottom are not being taken care of in this nation. I was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 18 years old and soon found myself half a million dollars in medical debt. You are only a hop and a skip from the poor house as my grandfather would say if you make less than 6 figures in America. One medical issue can bring your life or the lives of families crashing down with crippling medical debt and ruined credit. My story unfortunately is like so many others in rural Georgia which is why I am presenting myself as a candidate actually of, by and for the people.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
We can fix the partisan divide in America by getting back to the issues and cutting the extreme rhetoric. I not only preach about it but I have done it as a rural civil rights activist that united Democrats and Republicans to stand up to bully rural sheriff’s. I have done it as a former spokesperson of March for Our Lives Georgia when I united Democrats and Republicans around common sense gun legislation. I have done it when I united uncommon bedfellows of the Tea Party and Occupy Movements around election fairness and a living wage. I have done the work over and over and I am ready to take that same leadership to Washington and do it for the forgotten about people of northeast Georgia.
Who is your hero?
Martin Luther King Jr. because he had a dream of both economic and social justice for America. That dream shaped the fighter I am today and my bold New Rural Deal platform because it is time to remember that ENTIRE dream beyond his most famous speech.
What are your hobbies?
Political junkie, activism, traveling and hunting.
What is the most recent book you read?
Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
No kids and my two dogs since childhood both recently passed.
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
Instagram @AntwonStephens Twitter @AntwonS2020 Facebook Facebook.com/StephensforGeorgia
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