Healthcare leader Zeldin will run for insurance commissioner

[private]Cindy Zeldin has stepped down as executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, one of the state’s leading healthcare advocacy groups, to run as a Democrat for state insurance commissioner.

Zeldin filed the papers to run on Monday, the same day that current Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens opened up the field by announcing he would not run for another term.

“I filed paperwork today to run for insurance commissioner in 2018 because I believe insurance should be transparent, affordable, and fair for Georgia consumers, and that we need a true consumer advocate in this role,” said Zeldin, 41.

Zeldin has been a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act and an outspoken advocate for expanding Medicaid coverage under that law, whose future is now being decided by congressional Republicans.

She is backed by prominent Democrats like state Sen. Elena Parent (D-Atlanta), her campaign chair, and former state senator Jason Carter.

The race for insurance commissioner is expected to be a crowded one.  On the Republican side, Shane Mobley has already filed to run for the office while other potential candidates are Jay Florence, a deputy insurance commissioner, and Jim Beck, former chief of staff to Hudgens.

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