Evans says she’s running for governor

[private]State Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) confirmed long-standing rumors Thursday morning by announcing she will run for governor in 2018.

The four-term lawmaker from Cobb County sounded a populist note as she set up a Democratic primary battle between herself and House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta).

“For too long the system has been tilted in favor of the rich and powerful,” Evans said in her announcement. “I am running to bring hope back to every single Georgia family.”

“I am running not only to protect the HOPE scholarship, which was the only way I could have gone to college, but also to fight to bring hope to so many Georgians who are struggling to make ends meet,” Evans said.

Evans is an attorney and was the first member of her North Georgia family to graduate from college, piecemealing her way through to earn bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Georgia.

She set up a scholarship fund at UGA two years ago to provide financial assistance to other first-generation college students like herself, focusing on students from rural areas.

“I just knew how much I struggled and how hard it was and how many times I thought I wouldn’t be able to stay in school,” Evans said at the time. “That’s a very stressful thing – if I can take that financial stress off them and give them the ability to focus on their studies so they can graduate without as much debt, I’m glad to be able to do it.”

Evans was first elected to House of Representatives in 2010 and has made her mark at the General Assembly by opposing cutbacks to the HOPE Scholarship. She has been able to work with the Republican majority to boost tuition for students attending one of the state’s technical colleges.

Her campaign treasurer is former legislator Ronnie Mabra, a Fayetteville attorney.

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