Stacey Abrams' next move may involve advocating for the disabled
Speculation has been brewing over what is next for Stacey Abrams. After she lost her second bid for Georgia governor in November 2022, the Democrat has been quiet about her plans.
In her first interview since her loss, Abrams said she wasn’t sure what was next for her politically.
“I may run again, but I've always said that it's not about the title, it's about the work and that's why I was so proud to help [Sen. Raphael Warnock] get elected, that's why I was so excited to work with candidates up and down the ballots, that’s why I've been doing this for more than a decade,” Abrams said Dec. 13 on Good Morning America.
She also took the opportunity to talk about her advocacy for the disabled community.
“I don't know what's next for me in the political realm," Abrams said. "But I do know that in the policy space my job is to keep talking about issues like the fact that in Georgia we have 7,000 disabled people on a waiting list, and it would only cost $35 million to let them go home and let them have access to in-home services. So I'm working with a group called newdisabledsouth.org to help lift up this issue as we head into this next year.”
The organization, started by one of her former staffers, aims to build a coalition of disability advocates across 14 Southern states with similar issues.
“People with disabilities are facing the same problems, and we can better work together than separately," said Dom Kelly, founder of New Disabled South. He said their goal is to bring attention to issues like access to care and the ballot box.
Lawmakers in Georgia have been working to address the long wait for in-home services and recommend more funds be put toward the system this year.