Sources: Stacey Evans ‘seriously’ considering run for governor

State Rep. Stacey Evans. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

State Rep. Stacey Evans is exploring a run for Georgia governor, setting up what could be a potentially divisive Democratic primary for the state’s top job in 2018, according to two people with direct knowledge of her discussions.

The Smyrna Democrat is said to be “seriously” considering joining a Democratic contest that is also expected to feature House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. Evans declined to comment, though she said last year she was eyeing a potential statewide run.

Evans is the go-to Democrat in the House on the push to restore funding that had been cut from the state’s HOPE scholarship program.

This year, she has been one of her party’s leading opponents to a move to ban strip state funding for private colleges that won’t cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

The Ringgold native is also the first in her family to graduate from college, and she used her share in a massive whistleblower settlement she helped litigate to create a $500,000 scholarship for first-generation graduates at the University of Georgia’s law school.

Her exploration of a gubernatorial bid reflects the uneasiness that some party leaders have with Abrams as the party’s potential nominee. Though Abrams is a fundraising dynamo with a national profile, some Democrats have criticized her strategy and tactics.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and several Democratic strategists have publicly called on former Acting U.S. Attorney Sally Yates to run. And former Gov. Roy Barnes said in an interview on Wednesday that he would support a comeback bid from Jason Carter, the party’s 2014 nominee.

“If Jason Carter runs again,” said Barnes, “I’m for Jason Carter.”

It’s unlikely that both Carter and Evans will join the Democratic race; the two are allies and both are also close with Barnes.

A parallel struggle is happening across the aisle as some Republicans uncomfortable with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle – the GOP’s presumptive front-runner – are searching for other contenders.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp has already signaled he’s joining the race, and a half-dozen other Republicans are exploring a run.

More: Georgia’s race for governor is about to heat up

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Gloria Moore
Gloria Moore

Yates, Carter, Abrams, and Evans are all strong Dem candidates. Nice to have such a wide choice to choose from and 3 women potentially in the running. #TurnGeorgiaBlue

John Woods
John Woods

Hang it up Comrade Evans...No one except Useful Idiots, Dupes and Commies will vote for you...

Samuel Washington
Samuel Washington

If Trump keep doing what he doing, he will help her win. Trump Trump Trump!

Atheists of Rome GA
Atheists of Rome GA

She's got our vote, this state desperately needs more people with common sense in positions of power.

Leon Carroll
Leon Carroll

Gov of ga until people forget Roy Barnes.

James Lorenzo
James Lorenzo

Um the current Gov is a turn coat LoL. He used to be a Democrat

Steve Morris
Steve Morris

She is great but would never vote for a democrat after Obama

Steve Morris
Steve Morris

Robin Middlebrooks 8 trillion added to wealth. Consumer confidence 18 year high. Small business index 25 year high. Where have you been

Allison Carrol
Allison Carrol

Do you really think Trump did all that in 64 days?

Charles Jones
Charles Jones

We need a Republican governor for a change. It's been too long already.

Jimmy Herndon
Jimmy Herndon

We have had 16 years of Republican governors. Where have you been, in prison or something??

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