FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 8, 2018
CONTACT: Jake Orvis, Communications Director. [email protected]
LUCY McBATH, NATIONAL GUN SAFETY ADVOCATE, TO QUALIFY
Lucia “Lucy” McBath, a leading national voice for gun violence prevention, announces her bid to run for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District. She is the mother of Jordan Davis, who was shot and killed at a gas station in Jacksonville, Florida in 2012 by a man objecting to the music he was playing in his car. The shooter used Florida’s stand-your-ground law as his defense. He was not found guilty of murder in his first trial. In an October 2014 retrial, the shooter was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
Her decision to run was influenced in part by the recent events in Parkland and the polarized debate among leaders in Washington and the Administration that followed. “We need common sense solutions – not heated political rhetoric – to help solve gun violence prevention,” McBath said. “I offer my voice in this debate for the safety of my neighbors in Georgia and across the country.”
From her home of Georgia’s 6th district, Lucy lobbies the state’s Congressional, State House and State Senate delegations to enact common sense gun violence prevention laws that save lives. In Washington, D.C. she has testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee, lobbied members of Congress, and spoke at the White House Summit on Educational Excellence for African Americans. She served as a surrogate for the Hillary Clinton for President campaign in 2016 as one of the “Mothers Of The Movement.”
McBath’s work has been recognized widely. She is honored to have been the recipient of the Chairman’s Award of the Georgia Democratic Party in 2017, “Mother of the Year 2016” by VH1 Television, voted as one of Refinery29’s 26 National Treasures, and an EMILY’s List Honoree. Her media appearances include Georgia Public Television, CNN, MSNBC, HLN, TV One and her son’s story has been featured in Jet, Rolling Stone, and Ebony and Essence magazines and in the documentaries “The Armor Of Light” and “3 ½ Minutes: 10 Bullets.”
Lucy’s work in her home community in Cobb County includes creating the “Champion in The Making Legacy Foundation” which provides charitable and educational assistance to graduating high school students attending traditional as well as technical and training colleges and universities – with two recipients attending Kennesaw State University. The foundation has expanded its program with its mentorship program which provides support and guidance in building life skills for the young men and women striving for academic success, with an incubator headquartered in Powder Springs. She serves as Lead Usher at Trinity Chapel (Seven Springs Church) and is an active member with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s Marietta / Roswell alumni chapter.
Lucy was employed by Delta Airlines In-Flight Service for 30 years. She received her B.A. degree in political science from Virginia State University in 1982.
Georgia’s 6th District is currently held by Republican incumbent Karen Handel, who won a nationally watched special election last year in the most expensive U.S. House campaign in history. It is in suburban metro Atlanta, in parts of Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton Counties.