2018 Candidates for Governor

Of the nation’s four African American governors — Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback (Louisana 1872), L. Douglas Wilder (Virginia - 1990), David Paterson (New York - 2008) and Deval Patrick (Massachusetts - 2007) — only two were voted in.

African Americans make up 13% of the population in the United States and BRAT-PAC believes to be truly reflective of the population there should be at least 6 African American Governors of the 50 states.

With only two African Americans elected governor in the country’s history, it is time for us to step up to the plate and support our African American candidates for Governor.

First elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2007, in 2010 State Rep. Stacey Abrams became the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and the first African American to lead in the House of Representatives. Dedicated to civic engagement, she founded the New Georgia Project, which registered more than 200,000 voters of color between 2014 and 2016. Under the pen name Selena Montgomery, Stacey is the award-winning author of eight romantic suspense novels, which have sold more than 100,000 copies. As co-founder of NOW Account – a financial services firm that helps small businesses grow – Stacey has helped create and retain jobs in Georgia. (

Ben Jealous has extensive experience as a non-profit executive, serving as the past president of the Rosenberg Foundation, and the founding director of Amnesty International’s U.S. Domestic Human Rights Program. At age 35, Ben was named the youngest ever National President and CEO of the NAACP. (

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is running for Governor of Florida. As Mayor, Andrew developed a thriving innovation economy, beat the gun lobby in court to protect commonsense reform and stood up to President Trump and Governor Rick Scott to defend immigrants. As Governor, he will fight against the special interests that are standing in the way of taking real action on climate change, and he will always ensure Florida is a welcoming and safe place for everyone, no matter where they come from, who they love or how they identify. (

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