Secretary of State Kemp running for Ga. governor
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.