At the onset of Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Georgia State Representative Bee Nguyen announced her intentions to run for the office of Georgia Secretary of State. Nguyen, if successful, would become the first person of AAPI descent to win statewide office. She will challenge the beleaguered and besieged Brad Raffensperger, the current Secretary of State who has been lampooned and ostracized by the Georgia Republican Party at large because, in their view, he mismanaged the 2020 Presidential Election.

“I am running to ensure that all Georgians have the right to participate in our democracy and for Georgia to lead the country on voting rights, not on voter suppression,” Nguyen said in a statement. “As part of that commitment, the secretary of state’s office will prioritize accessibility, efficiency, and equity across all divisions.”

Nguyen, 39, succeeded Stacey Abrams in 2017 after Abrams gave up her seat in Kirkwood to run for Governor in 2018. Nguyen quickly established herself in the Georgia Legislature as an ally for Black Americans, a vociferous critic of Georgia’s gun laws, a supporter of voter’s rights while fighting against voter suppression, and when the situations warranted, Nguyen took the time to debunk former President Donald Trump’s lie which claimed he won the 2020 Presidential Election.

“I’ve been at the forefront of battling against voter suppression laws in Georgia,” Nguyen said. “Watching everything unfold in 2020 with the erosion of our Democracy, I recognized how critically important it was to defend our right to vote.”

Raffensperger said he will run for re-election.

Meanwhile, Trump endorsed U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Georgia, for Secretary of State on March 22nd, when it was apparent he would primary Raffensperger.

“Jody has been a steadfast fighter for conservative Georgia values and is a staunch ally of the America First agenda,” Trump said in a statement that repeated the unsupported allegations of fraud. “Unlike the current Georgia Secretary of State, Jody leads out front with integrity. I have 100% confidence in Jody to fight for Free, Fair, and Secure Elections in Georgia, in line with our beloved U.S. Constitution.”

Also running in the GOP primary are Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle and former Treutlen County probate judge T.J. Hudson.

The race is seen as an opportunity for Donald Trump to exact revenge on the Georgia Republicans he felt wronged him in November 2020.

However, Nguyen believes she is running to stand up for what’s right.

“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 video. “But we will not allow anyone to stand in the way of our right to a free and fair democracy.”

FILE – In this March 1, 2021 file photo, Rep. Bee Nguyen (D-Atlanta) speaks to demonstrators at an HB 531 protest outside of the Georgia State Capitol Building on day 25 of the legislative session in Atlanta. Nguyen announced Tuesday, May 4, that she’s running for Georgia secretary of state in 2022. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

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