*After Lucy McBath’s teenage son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed in a racially-motivated attack in 2012, she decided to turn her tragedy and into triumph by running for a seat in the House of Representatives… and she won.
Davis was fatally shot while listening to music in an SUV with his friends in Jacksonville, Florida. The white male shooter, Michael Dunn, claimed he felt threatened when Davis and his friends refused to turn down the radio. Dunn is now serving a life sentence.
“I told him people might not really see you for who you really are,” McBath recalled to People in an interview in April.
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This win is just the beginning. We’ve sent a strong message to the entire country. Absolutely nothing – no politician & no special interest – is more powerful than a mother on a mission.
— Lucy McBath (@LucyWins2018) November 8, 2018
Her son’s death inspired her activism, and according to People, the Democrat, 58, ultimately entered the political arena which led to a successful run to represent Georgia’s 6th Congressional District outside Atlanta. On Thursday morning, McBath’s opponent, Republican incumbent Karen Handel, conceded the race.
“After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday,” Handel wrote on Facebook. “Congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath and I send her only good thoughts and much prayer for the journey that lies ahead for her.”
McBath won with 50.5 percent of the vote compared to Handel’s 49.5 percent, The New York Times reports.
Lucy McBath appears to have flipped a three-decade Republican district while appearing publicly as one of the Mothers of the Movement https://t.co/Z4yhBKflwK
— New York Magazine (@NYMag) November 8, 2018
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, McBath is the first black woman to represent her district and only the third from Georgia to represent the state in Congress.
After her victory, McBath tweeted on Thursday, “This win is just the beginning. We’ve sent a strong message to the entire country. Absolutely nothing — no politician & no special interest — is more powerful than a mother on a mission.”
At a campaign event last month, the former flight attendant noted that her new life as a politician is her way of honoring her son.
“What I’m doing today is still mothering his legacy,” McBath said, according to the Times. “I’m extending what I would do for my son to my community.”