Georgia State Democratic Chair Nikema Williams to Replace Rep. John Lewis on Ballot

Georgia Democratic Party Chair Sen. Nikema Williams (l) will replace Rep John Lewis (r) on the ballot in November following his death
Photo credit (Photo Credit: Nikema Williams)

The Georgia Democratic Party has named its chairwoman, Senator Nikema Williams, to replace the late Congressman John Lewis on the ballot in November.

Williams was elected as the first vice chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia in 2011.

Williams was chosen from a list of five finalists in an overwhelming majority vote on Monday, 7News reports. She beat out Rep. Park Cannon, Georgia NAACP President James Woodall, Atlanta city councilman Andre Dickens, and former president of Morehouse College Robert Franklin.

Lewis, the Civil Rights Legend and longtime Georgia U.S. Representative, died Friday after battling pancreatic cancer.

Lewis, who served in the House since 1987, had been suffering from Stage 4 pancreatic cancer since December.

The civil rights icon said last month that he cried when he watched the video of George Floyd's death.

"I kept saying to myself: How many more? How many young black men will be murdered? It made me so sad. It was so painful," he told "CBS This Morning." "It made me cry."

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