In the leadup to what would become one of the most contentious and competitive governor’s races in Georgia’s history, former state Reps. Stacey Abrams and Stacey Evans answered questions as part of a forum put on by the Jewish Democratic Women’s Salon on Feb. 22, 2018, at Heritage Sandy Springs.
While most questions were more general, the one issue specific to the Jewish community involved the 2016 bill barring Georgia vendors and contractors from boycotting Israel, which was in line with the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
Both candidates for the democratic nomination served in the state legislature at the time, Abrams as minority leader. While Evans voted in the 96-70 majority, Abrams voted against the bill.
At the forum, Abrams explained that she condemned the BDS movement, and that her vote was protecting the ability of others to voice their opinion through boycott.
The two also debated student scholarship organizations such as the ALEF Fund and HOPE Scholarship, and strategies for a democratic victory in the general election.
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