Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren will make a campaign stop in Gwinnett County on Feb. 16, 2019. The U.S. senator from Massachusetts is shown during a rally for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams back in October at Clayton State University in Morrow. (Photo: ALYSSA POINTER/ALYSSA.POINTER@AJC.COM)
Warren kicked off her bid for president on Saturday with a pledge to combat economic inequality and fighting "corrupt" corporate greed. She also tried to put to rest questions surrounding past assertions claiming a Native American identity.
The Lawrenceville visit is part of Warren’s seven-state organizing tour that includes stops at each early-voting state. And the selection of Gwinnett as a launch point for her campaign in Georgia was another symbol of the county’s fast-changing politics.
The suburb was for decades solidly Republican territory, but Hillary Clinton narrowly carried Gwinnett in 2016 and Abrams dominated the county in November. It's now a must-win for any Democratic candidate for statewide or federal office.
It's also the heart of the 7th Congressional District, which is attracting a large field of competitors after Republican U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall announced last week he would not seek another term.
Woodall narrowly held the seat in November, winning the closest House race in the nation. The runner-up, Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux, has already announced plans to run again, and many other candidates from both parties are considering bids.