At a debate on Monday evening, State Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler and State Rep. Bee Nguyen, who are vying for the Democratic nomination for Georgia’s Secretary of State, presented largely similar policy visions and pitched to voters why they believe they are best poised to take on Republican incumbent Brad Raffensperger. 

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Dawkins-Haigler positioned herself as “a fighter” with more leadership experience than Nguyen, who prior to being a legislator worked in the nonprofit sector. Nguyen, boasting the endorsement of party leader and gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, said she has the “political acumen” for the office, in particular working across party lines. Dawkins-Haigler has been endorsed by the three candidates that did not make the runoff. 

The candidates also made an appeal to Democrats that Raffensperger may have won over when he stood up to former President Donald Trump, who pressured Raffensperger to “find” votes to win Georgia in the 2020 election. 

Dawkins-Haigler and Nguyen both support transitioning to a hand-marked paper ballot system to improve security and boost voter confidence in the elections. It’s a position Nguyen championed as a state representative before she was a candidate for the office and believes she can find common ground with conservatives on the issue. 

”I would look for common areas where we can actually build common ground, instill confidence, such as moving to a hand-marked paper ballot system, where both voters on both sides of the aisle actually agree upon,” Nguyen said. 

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