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In Macon, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams discusses crime, inflation

Based on our 13WMAZ Listening Lab results, two of your biggest concerns were inflation and violent crime. Abrams says as governor, she can help tackle this.

MACON, Ga. — Just five days out from the midterm elections, Democratic candidate for governor Stacey Abrams is still making her rounds on her "Let's Get it Done" tour.

Though trailing slightly in the polls, she's taking on incumbent Brian Kemp in a rematch of 2018, hoping to become the state's first female governor. 

13WMAZ reporter Jessica Cha got to speak with Abrams one-on-one before she stopped by the Tubman Museum in Macon.    

She tells you more about Abrams' platform. 

"On Tuesday, we have a chance to create a new Georgia, and I'm the governor to get that done,” Abrams says. 

She says Governor Brian Kemp does not care about Georgians based on his health-care policies, cuts to education, open carry law, and now with housing. 

“Affordable housing is a statewide crisis and this governor just shut down access to the portal that would've allowed families to get rental eviction assistance. $300- $400 million sitting idly, because he will not let Georgians have access to that money," Abrams explains. 

Based on our 13WMAZ Listening Lab results, two of your biggest concerns were inflation and violent crime. 

Abrams says as governor, she can help tackle this.

“Reduce the cost of goods that you have to purchase, and the most effective way the governor can do that is lowering health-care costs,” she explains. If we accept the $3.5 billion in Medicare expansion money, then we can lower health care costs across the board.”

She also talked about what she thinks is causing violent crime. 

"I talked to a second grader a couple of days ago who was afraid to go to school. She's afraid of being shot,” Abrams says. “Part of what's causing violent crime in Georgia is the proliferation of guns. This governor weakened gun laws in the state of Georgia.”

Abrams says as governor, she will invest in education and law enforcement, expand Medicaid, and give resources to small businesses. 

"Equity doesn't mean taking from anyone. It means expanding access to everyone. I will restore the rights of women, I will restore common sense gun laws in Georgia, and that's why I want to be governor.”

We also spoke to a couple of folks who came out to hear Abrams speak. Sarah Nicholls says she’s an entrepreneur in Macon. 

“I came because I support Stacey Abrams,” she says. 

Nicholls says she’s grown up with conservative values. However, she says ever since Trump’s presidency, she’s felt alienated as a woman.

“After the anti-abortion rights were passed in the Supreme Court, I was really angry. I realized that it was no longer an abstract idea that our rights were under attack, so I came out here to support Stacey Abrams to make sure my voice as a woman was heard,” Nicholls says. 

Rashida Hall has lived in Macon her whole life and is a fifth grade teacher. 

“I stand with Stacey and I support education,” Hall says. “I believe every child should have an opportunity for an affordable education, so I believe that she serves as a good role model,” she says. 

Abrams says she's a tax attorney by training and says she's consulted with economists in Georgia, and at MIT who say she can carry out her goals without raising taxes of any Georgian. 

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