DuBose Porter confirms he’ll run for governor in 2010

ATLANTA — State Rep. DuBose Porter, D-Dublin, confirmed Wednesday what many expected: He will be a Democratic candidate for governor in 2010.

Porter, the minority leader in the Georgia House of Representatives, said he will not make a formal announcement until after the 2009 legislative session ends. But that announcement will come, he said.

Porter said that since his children are now in college, he has the “time and opportunity” to seek the state’s highest office and “change the priorities of what is happening in our state.”

Porter and other Democrats have chastised current Gov. Sonny Perdue’s budget priorities in recent years, particularly in the area of education.

Basically, they say Perdue hasn’t put enough state money into schools.

Porter, a co-owner of The Courier-Herald newspaper in Dublin, is the second Democrat to confirm a gubernatorial run.

Retired Adjutant Gen. David Poythress, a Macon native and former Georgia National Guard commander, announced his run last year.

Five Republicans have said they’ll seek their party’s nomination: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Karen Handel, political activist Ray McBerry, Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine and Tifton area state Rep. Austin Scott.

Porter has listed his top priorities as education, health care, job creation, conservation of natural resources and transportation.

“I’ve worked on (these things) for years,” he said Wednesday, “and I’d like to take it to a new level.”

Porter was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1982. As minority leader in the House, he is one of the top-ranking Democrats in the state.

After Perdue gave his annual state-of-the-state budget address earlier this month, it was Porter who delivered a response on behalf of his party.

“Let our priorities be the priorities of Georgia’s middle class, not the powerful and politically connected,” he said during that speech. “And let’s give Georgians the most value for their tax dollars.”

To contact writer Travis Fain call 361-2702.