State News

August 31, 2013

Barge plans run for governor

ATLANTA — Georgia state schools Superintendent John Barge says he will be challenging Gov. Nathan Deal in next year’s Republican primary.

Barge said in a telephone interview Friday that he hasn’t seen “a whole lot of vision or support for public education” from Deal and believes voters want a leader “who will govern and not play politics.”

Barge is completing his first term as superintendent and says he plans to stay in his position while campaigning for governor. A formal announcement is expected next week.

The relationship between Deal and Barge has been noticeably chilly since the two were on opposite sides of the debate over a state charter schools amendment. The measure, opposed by Barge as unnecessary, ultimately passed.

Deal, meanwhile, has roughly $1.1 million in cash for his re-election bid.

 

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