Sarah Riggs Amico

The “politically purple” corporate-leader-turned-candidate would make history and break a long Republican winning streak, if she wins the race for lieutenant governor of Georgia.

By Zoe Searles and Candice Helfand-Rogers

Editor’s Note: Our coverage of Sarah Riggs Amico is part of Running Women, a project following 15 compelling women candidates for U.S. political offices in 2018. Read the latest on her campaign below.

Sarah Riggs Amico, candidate for lieutenant governor of GeorgiaSarah Riggs Amico is looking to go from the C-suite to political office. The executive chairperson of car haul company Jack Cooper Holdings Corp. is running as a Democrat to be the next lieutenant governor of Georgia. If she wins, she would be the first woman to hold that position in the state’s history.

Riggs Amico refers to herself as “politically purple” and in statements has committed to reaching across the aisle if elected — an important note to strike in this overwhelmingly red state. Georgia is a Republican trifecta, meaning that its governor and the majority leadership of its Senate and House are all Republicans. Should she win, she would be the first Democrat to do so in any statewide race in Georgia since 2006. (Governor candidate Stacey Abrams, whose race we are also following, is also eying this milestone.)

Riggs Amico is seeking to succeed Casey Cagle, who is running for governor this year. She defeated Triana Arnold James in the Democratic primary on May 22. In November’s general election, she will go up against the Republican nominee — two candidates, State Sen. David Shafer and former State Rep. Geoff Duncan, have advance to a runoff scheduled for July.

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Her campaign launched on Jan. 30 with a fundraising event at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot and a page on the online crowdfunding site Crowdpac, an alternative fundraising source popular with women candidates. Her policy platform is focused on improvements to in-state public schools, affordable healthcare and job creation — the last issue being something with which Riggs Amico has personal experience. Riggs Amico’s company, a certified women-owned business and one of America’s largest car haul logistics companies, was acquired by her family in the midst of the Great Recession. She and her team grew it from 120 employees in 2008 to over 3,500 employees today.

“I knew our state could do a better job of investing in its people and its future, while growing wages and creating jobs — I know because I’ve done it in my company,” she said in a New Years message to supporters.

Before joining Jack Cooper, Riggs Amico worked in the entertainment industry. She held top positions at talent and literary agencies in New York City and Beverly Hills, and collaborated with companies like Time Inc., Reader’s Digest and Amtrak.

She grew up in the rural town in Joplin, Mo., where she attended public school. Riggs Amico then received her bachelor’s degree from Washington & Lee University and her master’s from Harvard Business School. She is a practicing Christian, and currently lives in Marietta, Ga., with her husband and their two daughters.


The Latest on the Campaign

May 23, 2018:
Two Democratic Women Advance in Race for Georgia Governor, Lieutenant Governor

Democratic primary voters put two entrepreneurial women on November’s ballot. Can Stacey Abrams and Sarah Riggs Amico flip Georgia blue — and make history as the first women to lead the state? Read the full story.

March 5, 2018:
Riggs Amico Blasts Republican for Siding With the NRA Against Delta

The Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor of Georgia speaks out against the man who currently holds the office, Casey Cagle, for choosing a donor over a major Georgia employer. Read the full story.


Posted: January 17, 2018

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