SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Last month, she formally endorsed Alderman Van Johnson. Now, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is in Savannah to help him get more votes.
Abrams attended a campaign rally called “Stand with Van” Monday at the International Longshoremen’s Hall. Abrams says that she visited Savannah many times as a state legislator and has seen firsthand the changes the alderman has made.
“I saw houses being revitalized. Communities that had been long ignored suddenly get the attention they need,” Abrams said, adding, “And he did that work long before people were paying attention.”
Johnson said the crime numbers, failed fire fee and extreme poverty across the Hostess City prove that his opponent, Mayor Eddie DeLoach, failed his voters. Johnson declared that it is time to flip the narrative.
“It’s a shame that in 2019, Savannians that work for the city are on food stamps, and they work full-time jobs with the City of Savannah,” Johnson said, adding, “with a committed council, in three years, we are going to raise that to $15 dollars an hour and then dare people to feed us where we are.”
Johnson said he will also work to make Savannah a more accepting home for people of every race, class and sexual orientation.
When asked about Abram’s visit to Savannah, DeLoach told News 3 that the next four years will be decided in Savannah, “not in Atlanta.”
Ahead of a campaign rally Monday at the International Longshoremen’s Hall, Johnson and Abrams spoke with members of the media about Tuesday’s race. See below: