Records show Cheryle R. Moses, 59, qualified last week to run as a Democrat in the race for Senate District 9. She was the only Democrat to qualify but will likely have a tough road ahead in her November challenge to Republican incumbent PK Martin.
District 9 includes parts of the Lawrenceville, Dacula, Lilburn, Grayson and Loganville areas.
Moses became a sort of internet phenomenon in November, when her professional organization, Urban Mediamakers, hosted a networking event urging white people to "Come Meet a Black Person." Moses, who is black, said at the time that the event was inspired by a 2014 study from the Public Religion Research Institutethat found that 75 percent of white people do not have friends of any other race.
“My goal is really to start conversations,” Moses said at the time. “Here in Gwinnett, everybody operates separately. Everything seems to be really segregated. If we do something like this that is lighthearted and fun, then it won’t be so serious.”
Before taking over the AJC's morning newsletter, Tyler Estep worked as a reporter covering DeKalb County, its government and its people. A Gwinnett County native and University of Georgia graduate, he has been with the AJC since 2015. He previously covered his home county and served stints on the paper's hyperlocal and breaking news teams.