Freshman state Sen. Zahra Karinshak, D-Duluth, may be in her first term in the Georgia General Assembly, but her fellow Gwinnett senators are already looking to her for leadership in the state Senate.

Karinshak was named the chairwoman of Gwinnett’s Senate delegation on Thursday, heading up a bipartisan leadership team for the county in the Georgia Senate. Her fellow leaders in the county’s Senate delegation include Sen. Sheikh Rahman, D-Lawrenceville, who will be vice-chairman and Sen. P.K. Martin, R-Lawrenceville, who will be the delegation’s secretary.

“I am so honored to take on this new leadership role that will directly impact my constituents,” Karinshak said in a statement.

Karinshak’s role as leader of Gwinnett’s Senate delegation means she will take the lead on sponsoring any local legislation that is intended to benefit the county.

“Local legislation is a key piece of the puzzle that makes up state government and how it functions as a whole,” Karinshak said. “I look forward to working with the entire Senate team in a bipartisan manner to support legislation that will continue growth and prosperity in Gwinnett County.”

Abrams to appear in Super Bowl ad on election integrity

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams will appear in a Super Bowl ad this weekend to call for election reform in Georgia.

Abrams will appear in the ad with Republican Habersham County Commissioner Natalie Crawford. Habersham County has been at the center of a battle over the integrity of results from two Republican primaries held last year for the same state House seat.

“In 2018, we saw that Georgia’s elections are neither free nor fair,” Abrams said in a statement. “Commissioner Crawford and I both recognize that fixing our state’s election system is not partisan — rather, it is our fundamental duty to advocate for every voter’s voice to be heard.

“We have joined together to ensure our state fulfills its promise and gives every eligible Georgian a vote.”

Abrams’ Fair Fight Action group, which paid for the ad, said it will air on TV in the Albany, Columbus, Macon and Savannah markets. It will appear as a digital ad in the Atlanta market and elsewhere in north Georgia. The ad can be viewed at

Perdue preparing for possible Abrams challenge

The news that Stacey Abrams will deliver the Democratic Party’s response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address is being treated by U.S. Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., as an early sign that she plans to run against him next year.

Abrams has not officially said she will run for Perdue’s Senate seat when it us up for election next year. recently reported, however, that national Democrats are trying a “full-court press” to convince her to challenge Perdue in 2020, and CNN reported last month that she has met with top Democrats in the U.S. Senate to discuss a possible run.

After news broke that Abrams would deliver her party’s State of the Union response, Perdue sent out fundraising e-mails in preparation for a potential run by the former Georgia House Minority Leader — who narrowly lost last year’s gubernatorial race.

“This is another clear sign that she’s the top Democrat recruit to run against me in 2020,” Perdue said in the letter. “Right now, I’m a top target because I’m working with President Trump to successfully change the direction of our country.

“The Democrats are desperate for Stacey Abrams to defeat me so they can have one more vote for their radical socialist agenda in the U.S. Senate.”

Political Notebook appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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