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Fani Willis Faces Potential Challengers In Coming Election

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis faces multiple potential challengers in 2024.

Democrat Christian Wise Smith, the Atlanta prosecutor who ran for district attorney against Willis in 2020, filed paperwork Friday to qualify as a candidate for the election. Major According to multiple reports, it is scheduled for May 21st. Republican Atlanta attorney Courtney Kramer is also eligible to run against Mr. Willis. according to Georgia Secretary of State's Office.

Willis is currently at risk of being disqualified from a lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and an investigation by a Georgia Senate committee due to financial benefits he received from appointing his girlfriend, Nathan Wade, as special counsel. confronting.

“Running for public office is not a decision I make lightly,” Wise said. Said CBS News. “I am seriously considering various options with the goal of making a final decision regarding my candidacy. Ultimately, I want only what is best for the residents of Fulton County.” If we decide to start, my team is ready to take all necessary steps.”

In the August 2020 Democratic primary runoff, Willis defeated incumbent Paul Howard Jr. 71.7% to 28.3%. according to Go to Ballotpedia. Smith came in third in the June primary.

Willis too Formally After filing his paperwork on Wednesday, he became eligible to run again. She said her challenger “has to be ready for a fight” and “I know my heart is still in this job.” according to To Newsweek.

Smith promised to hold “racist hate groups and white supremacists” accountable during his 2020 term. motionHis platform included ending the death penalty, decriminalizing drug possession, and ending cash bail. according to In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“My opponent can't even say the word white supremacy,” Smith said on the campaign trail in May 2020. video. Mr. Smith also Founder of an organization called the National Social Justice Alliance.

“I led the first progressive campaign in Georgia for the Fulton County District Attorney (Atlanta) to change our justice system to one that values ​​people over conviction rates.” Smith's LinkedIn Profile state in reference to his 2020 campaign. “We started the campaign by getting him 23% of the vote…we got over 35,000 votes. [sic] Please vote! We are still fighting for true justice and equality. The revolution is now. notice. “

Judge Scott McAfee is expected to rule soon on Willis' motion to disqualify him.

The district attorney's office, Mr. Kramer and Mr. Smith did not respond to requests for comment.

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