Political Notebook

Former state legislator heads to Macon in bid to become governor

Stacey Evans
Stacey Evans State of Georgia website

Candidates seeking to become the next governor of Georgia continue making rounds in Middle Georgia.

And on Monday, former state Rep. Stacey Evans will be in town for a Bibb County Democratic Party meeting as she makes her pitch for the 2018 election. The Smyrna resident will speak at the monthly meeting which starts 6 p.m. at the Macon-Bibb County Government Center, 700 Poplar St.

A news release about the event says Evans was “the state’s leading voice” against cuts to the HOPE program, which resulted in thousands of students dropping out of technical college.

“I’m running for governor to be a champion for families, for people who work hard every day and are trying to get ahead in an economy that seems more uncertain every day,” Evans said in the release. “I remember what it was like to grow up in a family on the edge. …As governor, I’ll never forget that.”

Evans will likely face former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams of Atlanta in the Democratic primary, although more candidates could join them in the coming months.

Last month, a group of GOP candidates participated in a Milledgeville forum. Among the expected Republican frontrunners are Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Casey Casey. Other GOP candidates include state Sens. Hunter Hill and Michael Williams, and Marc Alan Urbach.

Stanley Dunlap: 478-744-4623, @stan_telegraph