VRLA WOMEN TO WATCH 2024

Georgia, meet your candidates

Georgia’s primary election day is Tuesday, May 21st, and early voting is already in progress.

These women are running to bring new perspectives and real progressive change to communities throughout the state, so find your district and see who’s running.

State Senate Candidates

Terracia Wilkinson

Senate District 28

Terracia Brown-Wilkinson is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of event management experience and a stellar reputation as a publicist to Atlanta’s elite. She is also the founder of Brown Girls Brunch, a national platform highlighting the achievements of African American businesswomen. Terracia is committed to turning her insights into impactful solutions that empower every Georgian.

Isioma Euriel Hemmerly

Senate District 33

Euriel Hemmerly is a realtor and community advocate and was appointed by the Cobb County School Board Superintendent to the Facilities and Technology Citizens Oversight Committee. Euriel is an immigrant from Nigeria and has been advocating for inclusive representation in government for more than 20 years.

Kenya Wicks

Senate District 34

Kenya Wicks grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Army, retiring with rank of major. She serves as Vice Chair of the Fayette County Democratic Committee and promotes the interests of foster care children as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA). Kenya is the proud mother of three sons and a goldendoodle affectionately named Major.

Sadia Mahmood Ali

Senate District 37

Dr. Sadia Mahmood Ali is a foot and ankle surgeon who has been in private practice in Georgia since 2013. She completed medical school at New York College of Podiatric Medicine and finished her residency at University of Florida Shands Medical Center, where she served as chief resident in her final year. Sadia enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Nkoyo Effiong Lewis

Senate District 38

Nkoyo-Ene Effiong Lewis is a mother, attorney, and former teacher. The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Nkoyo learned early the value of community and education. As an advocate for children, she started her own firm to help families navigate a complex education system. Nkoyo and her husband live in Southwest Atlanta with their two children.

Sally Harrell

Senate District 40

Senator Sally Harrell was elected to Senate District 40 in 2018, after serving in the State House from 1999 to 2005. Prior to becoming a legislator, she was the Executive Director of the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia. Senator Harrell helped pass a landmark law protecting mothers who breastfeed in public after breastfeeding her own newborns in the House chamber.

Elena Parent

Senate District 44

Senator Elena Parent was elected to the State House in 2010, as one of only 12 Democrats in the nation to unseat a Republican incumbent. Since being elected to the State Senate in 2014, she has focused on education, healthcare, and gun reform. Senator Parent is Chairwoman of the Democratic Caucus, and is an attorney by trade. She lives in Atlanta with her husband Briley and their two sons.

Iris Hamilton

Senate District 55

Iris Hamilton is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of clinical experience. She was instrumental in advocating for the passage of SB 166, which allows Georgia to become a member of the Nurse Compact, improving access to care for all Georgians. Iris has served on a multitude of community boards and is currently serving with the Gwinnett County Northside Hospital.

State Representative Candidates

Lisa Campbell

House District 35

Representative Lisa Campbell grew up in Cobb County as the oldest of three girls and has always stood up for what she believes in: protecting greenspace, protecting voting rights, advocating for women’s rights, and rallying diverse coalitions against overcharging for water. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and was elected in 2022, as the first female legislator for House District 35.

Danielle Bell

House District 44

Danielle Bell learned the value of hard work and compassion growing up on her family farm in Indiana. She earned a full scholarship to DePauw University and began her career at a community mental health center. Danielle is a clinical therapist and small business owner. She and her husband, retired Navy Chief Jason Bell, live in Cobb County with their three daughters.

Anthia Carter

House District 47

Anthia Carter is an ordained minister, public speaker, and author. Born and raised in Georgia, she is a graduate of the Irene K. Woodruff Scholar program at Agnes Scott College. Her early experiences in writing gave her the courage to use her voice to positively impact others, leading her to a life of servant leadership. Anthia lives in Milton with her husband David, who is a Navy veteran.

Grace Demit

House District 49

Grace Demit is a powerful candidate running for Georgia State Senate. She is committed to serving her community with determination and integrity, aiming to represent all constituents. She seeks to address the diverse needs of District 49, regardless of political affiliation.

Adalina Capuli Merello

House District 56

Ada is a changemaker, operating under vast personal experiences and commitment to her community. As a renter, waitress, and student of public policy, she has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by her neighbors, making her uniquely qualified to address issues such as rental laws, equitable education, and public safety in order to create meaningful change in her community.

Mekyah McQueen

House District 61

Mekyah McQueen is an educator, advocate, and daughter of the district she is running to represent. As a current high school teacher, Mekyah will bring a unique perspective to the State House that is deeply rooted in the daily experiences of students and families. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and finds joy in music and the arts.

Melanie Miller

House District 124

Melanie Miller is a lifelong Georgia resident and a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, where she served as a combat medic. She presently serves on the Greensboro Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, and Greene County Historic Society. Melanie is the proud mother of four adult children and has 10 grandchildren.

Alyssa Nia Williams

House District 140

Alyssa Nia Williams is a Columbus native with deep roots in District 140. She co-founded Columbus Georgia Reloaded, a nonprofit with a mission to bridge the gap between citizens and resources. Nia has more than 20 years of advocacy and leadership experience, and is determined to represent the interests and concerns of her community to make a positive impact.

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Federal Candidates

CONGRATS TO OUR MAY 21 WINNERS!

Nikema Williams

Georgia's 5th Congressional District

Lucy McBath

Georgia's 6th Congressional District

Lexy Doherty

Georgia's 10th Congressional District

Liz Johnson

Georgia's 12th Congressional District

Local Candidates

CONGRATS TO OUR MAY 21 WINNERS!

Angela Brown

Superior Court Judge - Cobb Circuit Seat 5

Ann Marie Emmons

Decatur County Chief Magistrate

Veronica Higgs Cope

Gwinnett County State Court Judge - Seat 6

Shermela Williams

Superior Court Judge - Atlanta Circuit, Seat 19

Patsy Austin-Gatson

Gwinnett County District Attorney

Deborah Jackson

Greene County Superior Court Clerk

Laura Judge

Cobb County School Board
District 5

Lydia Powell

Fayette County School Board
District 1

Monique Sheffield

Cobb County Commissioner
District 4

Connie Taylor

Cobb County Superior Court Clerk

Geraldine West Hudley

Dougherty County School Board At-Large

THANK YOU FOR RUNNING!

Laketha Ashe

Muscogee County School Board
District 7

Christina Peterson

Douglas County Probate Judge

Andrea Alabi

Gwinnett County District Attorney

Royal Anderson

Muscogee County Coroner

Lyndsey Coates

Fulton County School Board
District 1

Brunessa Drayton

Cobb County Superior Court Clerk

Sonya Russell-Ofchus

Fulton County Commissioner
District 4

Rita Scott

DeKalb County Commissioner
District 4

Rachel Stone

Gwinnett County School Board
District 1

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