Stacey Abrams, 44, is a Democratic candidate running for governor in Georgia’s upcoming gubernatorial election. (Reuters) Stacey Abrams, a Democrat running for governor of Georgia, is pushing back on a financial disclosure report that revealed the candidate is more than $200,000 in debt – an obstacle she says should not disqualify her from the race. “I am in debt, but I am not alone. Debt is a millstone that weighs down more than three-quarters of Americans,” Abrams wrote in an op-ed for Fortune. “It can determine whether we are able to run for office, to launch a business, to quit a job we hate. But it should not—and cannot—be a disqualification for ambition.” Although she secured a nearly six-figure salary as a lawyer, Abrams revealed debt piled up from student loans as well caring for her parents, who adopted her brother’s baby because he suffered from drug addiction. Abrams graduated from Yale Law School. “Paying the bills for two households has taken its toll. Nearly twenty years after graduating, I am still paying down student loans, and am on a payment plan to settle my debt to the IRS,” Abram wrote. Abrams cited race, gender and economic upbringing… Read full this story
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