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 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.
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
August 1, 2018
New Poll Shows Riggs Amico With Slight Lead in Race for Lt. Governor
It’s nearly 100 days until the November 6 general election, but the race for Georgia lieutenant governor looks like it will be a close one.
A new poll of 650 likely voters released Tuesday by nonpartisan research firm Gravis Marketing found that 43 percent favor Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico, while 41 percent favor Republican Geoff Duncan.
With 15 percent of likely voters undecided and Riggs Amico’s 2 percent lead within the 3.8 percent margin of error, she is by no means a shoe-in. However, as a Democrat running in a red state, she said Wednesday that the poll makes “clear to everyone what I have been saying all along — I will win this race.”
Much like gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, Riggs Amico is focused on getting out the vote and overcoming what she calls “the real opponent”: apathy. Registering voters is also a central part of her campaign strategy.
“We’ve got to get all our voters to the polls. We’ve got to tell them why it matters. And when we do that, Georgia is a blue state, and I will be your Lt. Governor,” she said in a video on her Facebook page.
Both Abrams and Riggs Amico received the endorsement of former President Barack Obama on Wednesday, making an initial group of 81 candidates he will throw his weight behind during the 2018 election.
July 25, 2018:
Riggs Amico Opponent Still Undecided Amid Too-Close-to-Call GOP Runoff
In the Republican runoff for lieutenant governor of Georgia, underdog Geoff Duncan edged ahead of state Senator David Shafer in a race considered too close to call as of early Wednesday. The victor will face Democratic nominee Sarah Riggs Amico in November.
While businesswoman Riggs Amico won her primary on May 22, the two Republicans went to a runoff when no candidate received more than 50-percent of the vote — Shafer received 49 percent and runner up Duncan received 26 percent.
Ahead of the two-way runoff, Duncan attacked Shafer for being a government insider and for his involvement in a sexual harassment case. He made a significant comeback, winning 50.2 percent of the runoff vote to Shafer’s 49.8 percent. Under state law, candidates can call for a recount within 2 business days of the election when the results are within a 1-point margin.
Thus far, Shafer has remained silent. Duncan, on the other hand, claimed victory late Tuesday, tweeting: “Congratulations to @DavidShafer on his service to our state and on a very competitive race. He’s a tough as nails opponent and he’s made me a better candidate for the general election.”
Riggs Amico also recognized Duncan as the victor, but in a statement Wednesday said “our biggest opponent in this race isn’t a Republican — it’s apathy.” She promised to continue to focus on her plans for healthcare and creating jobs for the remainder of her campaign.
July 11, 2018:
Lieutenant governor candidate Sarah Riggs Amico waved at Georgians from the high ground, as GOP candidates wrestled in a nasty runoff battle. Read our full story.
May 23, 2018:
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:
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.