The mother of the Jacksonville teenager who was shot and killed over an argument about loud music is one step closer to being elected to Congress in Georgia’s 6th congressional district in the Atlanta area. This week Lucy McBath placed first in the democratic primary race and will face the second place finisher in a runoff in July. Pundits believe this will be a close race, currently held by Republican Karen Handel who beat her Democratic opponent 51.8% to 48.2% in the most expensive congressional race in American history in a special election last year. The winner of the July primary will face Handel in this fall’s midterm congressional election.
The killing of Jordan Davis on Jacksonville’s southside drew international attention and escalated the national gun debate. Losing her only son to this senseless act of violence changed Mrs. McBath’s focus from that of a mother and airline employee to an activist for gun-control. Jordan Davis’ killer was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.
Lucy McBath serves as Lead Usher at Trinity Chapel in her hometown and is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.