2022 Georgia Governor Candidate Guide

Stacey Abrams (D) vs Brian Kemp (R)

Governor | Election | Nov 8, 2022

The Candidates

Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams

Democrat

Brian Kemp

Brian Kemp

Republican

Incumbent

The Issues

Climate Change

Should climate change be a top priority? Tax or limit the output of greenhouse gases, or support renewable energy?

Stacey Abrams (D)

Yes. Calls voting “our most powerful tool to defeat” climate change. Her SEAP organization published an extensive plan with carbon-reduction proposals. Proposes incentives and programs for businesses and individuals to adopt “clean energy and low-carbon innovations.”

Brian Kemp (R)

Mixed. Supports state investment in two electric vehicle companies; “both are committed to making a greener world.” Called the Inflation Reduction Act, which contains $369 billion in climate and clean energy provisions, “another reckless tax and spending spree,” and “a new disaster.”

Environment

Loosen or tighten environmental regulations?

Stacey Abrams (D)

Mostly tighten. Will protect Georgia waters from “environmental contaminants.” Environmental plan focuses on new funds, incentives, and programs rather than new regulations.

Brian Kemp (R)

Loosen. Supports “fact-based efforts” to address the environment, but doesn’t believe that “government red tape is the answer.” Promised to “chainsaw” government regulations.

Immigration

How to handle immigration? Support a path to citizenship for “DACA” participants brought to the US as children?

Labor

Make it easier or harder for unions to organize?

Brian Kemp (R)

Harder. Opposed tax credits for union-made electric vehicles, claiming an unfair advantage over non-union labor. Signed a bill prohibiting localities from regulating employee hours and output.

Marijuana

Should recreational marijuana be banned or legal?

Stacey Abrams (D)

Legal. In 2018 supported decriminalization and, with a strong substance abuse network, recreational legalization. No more recent position found.

Brian Kemp (R)

Ban. As of 2018 opposed recreational use. No more recent position found.

Minimum Wage

Keep or raise the state minimum wage from $7.25? If raise, how much?

Stacey Abrams (D)

Raise. Seeks a raise in the federal minimum and says that Georgia ranks 50th in state minimum wage. In 2015 called for a raise to $15 per hour.

Brian Kemp (R)

No position found.

Taxes

Should corporations and wealthier individuals pay less or more taxes?

Voting Rules

Support tightened restrictions on such voting rules as absentee and early voting, and voter ID?

Brian Kemp (R)

Yes. Signed a 2021 bill imposing limits on absentee voting, ballot drop boxes, out-of-precinct voting and distributing food or water at the polls. The new law added new voter ID requirements, while also adding early voting opportunities. It also allows the State Election Board to take over county election boards that it deems to be underperforming.

We have space to include only candidates polling 15% or more, but check out others including Elbert Bartell (I) and Shane Hazel (L).

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