One of the primary legislative backers of Georgia’s six-week abortion ban announced Thursday that she’s running for Congress in 2020.
State Sen. Renee Unterman said she plans to jump into what’s already considered a crowded race for Georgia’s 7th District, which covers Atlanta’s northern suburbs. The Republican filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday.
“Anyone who knows me will tell you that the Lord has instilled within me a beautiful ball of energy loaded with courage to do the right thing ― not necessarily the politically correct and expedient or self-serving thing to do, but the right thing,” she said Thursday evening at her announcement.
Democrats have vowed to use the vote to defeat Republicans in the 2020 election, pointing to the growing number of suburban women who voted in 2018 and helped Democrats win multiple seats from Republican lawmakers in Atlanta and nationwide. The district Unterman is running in covers an area northeast of downtown Atlanta, stretching into parts of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.
“Renee Unterman is a direct threat to women ― to our health and to our fundamental right to control our own bodies,” Carolyn Bourdeaux, former state Senate budget director and a Democrat who’s vying for the same seat, said in a statement. “Senator Unterman is the architect of the law that would subject women and their doctors to criminal prosecution and lengthy prison sentences for terminating a pregnancy. Renee is out of step with the people of the 7th district, and we will not give her a platform to take her agenda to Washington.”
Bourdeaux came up short by 433 votes last election against Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) in what Roll Call said was the closest congressional election in the country in 2018. Woodall has announced he will not seek reelection 2020, and Roll Call listed the district as a toss-up.