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.
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 one of two Democrats seeking to succeed Casey Cagle as the lieutenant governor. In May, she will face Triana Arnold James in the state’s primaries, and, if she prevails, in November will go up against the Republican nominee — the GOP field currently includes Republican State Sens. David Shafer and Rick Jeffares and former State Rep. Geoff Duncan.
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
March 5, 2018:
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.