Local Election Laws Force Nkromo Kwabena's Green Party Campaign for District 57 to End
Nkromo Kwabena's run for the District 57 race for State House Representative comes to an early end.
Candidate Kwabena "Cubby" Nkromo, of the Green Party and running for the District 57 State Representative seat, recently released a press release announcing his withdrawal from the race. Nkromo had been seen throughout our various neighborhoods campaigning for ballot choice, and asking residents to sign a petition to let him be on the November ballot as a Green Party representative.
In Georgia, to be placed on the actual ballot, a third-party candidate needs a huge number of petition signatures by August 6th. Today the Kwabena Nkromo campaign withdrew from the race because the unlikelihood of overcoming the large barrier to entry.
I have decided to officially cease my race for State Representative due to our campaign’s unlikelihood of meeting the requirements by the August 6th deadline. Georgia continues to have the most restrictive ballot access laws in the country for both legislative district races like mine, as well as higher offices.
According to the AJC, Georgia has been labeled as having the most restrictive ballot access laws in the country by Ballot Access News, an independent chronicler of election law in the states.
The Green Party, continues to make strides within the SW Atlanta community and received a number of signatures from the community who agreed with the Party, that the electorate deserves a choice and that they have a right to be on the ballot.
Kwabena "Cubby" Nkromo is a community leader and a former NPU-T leader. He is always in the community and even though he may be out of the District 57 race which Rep. Pat Gardner just won the Dem. Primary, he will no doubt still be prevalent in the community.
We will continue to fight for the issues our campaign sought to include in the debate about the future of District 57 and the neighborhoods of Atlanta. The victory of the 99% in the defeat of the TSPLOST referendum demands that we stay vigilant and engaged in the struggle for affordable and equitable public transit as a priority for transportation investment in our region. Our public schools still need to be protected from excessive avarice of the charter school movement that too often holds the conversion of tax dollars into private profits as a premium over quality education for our children. Citizens in District 57 and beyond remain in need of permanent affordable housing that will prevent families from having to leave neighborhoods against their will, as the forces of economic and racial gentrification continue to bear down on vulnerable communities across Atlanta.
The incredible campaign team was led by Committee Chair Douglas Demetrius Prather, Treasurer Joe Beasley, and Campaign Manager Abiodun Henderson. "I will remain eternally grateful for the faith each of you placed in my ability to offer leadership to the citizens of District 57, thank you from my heart for your trust," said Nkromo.