Sec­re­tary of State Kemp run­ning for Ga. gover­nor

The Covington News - - LOCAL -

Ge­or­gia’s sec­re­tary of state has an­nounced he’ll run for gover­nor in 2018.

Brian Kemp’s an­nounce­ment Fri­day makes him the first can­di­date to for­mally an­nounce his can­di­dacy. Kemp, a Repub­li­can, has been the state’s top elections of­fi­cial since 2010.

In Fri­day’s writ­ten state­ment, Kemp said he wants to fo­cus on the state’s econ­omy, par­tic­u­larly in rural Ge­or­gia.

Kemp pre­vi­ously served in the state Se­nate. He was ap­pointed sec­re­tary of state when Karen Han­del re­signed to fo­cus on a run for gover­nor.

Kemp eas­ily won re­elec­tion to his seat in 2014.

The field to re­place Gov. Nathan Deal, who is con­sti­tu­tion­ally lim­ited to two con­sec­u­tive terms, is ex­pected to be­come crowded.


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