Georgia 2018: Geoff Duncan enters Lt Gov race

State Rep. Geoff Duncan. AJC file.

Republican Geoff Duncan has filed paperwork setting the stage for a run for lieutenant governor.

The state legislator from Cumming hopes to succeed Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who is planning to run for governor.

From our November story on his bid:

Duncan has forged an unconventional path to office. A former Georgia Tech standout, Duncan pitched six seasons in the Miami Marlins minor league system before reconstructive shoulder surgery in 2001 forced him to end his career. He moved to the Atlanta suburbs with his wife to start a marketing company and now runs a healthcare firm.

He decided to run for office in 2011, making a play for a newly-created House district drawn that seemed designed for former Rep. Tom Knox’s comeback. He won the seat in 2012 by 55 votes, and since taking office has a few wins under his hat.

His proposal to require all bar bouncers to be 21 or older – dubbed Michael’s Law after the death last year of an 18-year-old bar staffer – passed with little opposition.

He also backed legislation that allows residents or corporations to get a state tax credit for donating money to a rural hospital, a measure pitched as a way to help struggling rural facilities. It passed despite criticism from some Democrats, although top lawmakers are worried some of the funds could be siphoned to consultants.

He’s entering what could be a crowded field for Georgia’s No. 2 job. Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer, Senate Majority Leader Bill Cowsert and state Sen. Butch Miller are considered potential candidates. So are state Sens. Burt Jones and Hunter Hill. And Democratic state Rep. Stacey Evans is among the potential contenders across the aisle.

Reader Comments 1

7 comments
Trude Sansbury
Trude Sansbury

Another one! Yippee! The more repuclicans the merrier!

Keo Blaise
Keo Blaise

Because a former ball player who runs a healthcare firm understands the peoples struggle.

Edward Lawrence
Edward Lawrence

The kid osoff who is running for Congress is a Dem. Liberal puppet funded by peloisi and John Lewis ,and the party. I don't think the people will choose him over a conservative.

Gary Carson
Gary Carson

C'mon you people in Georgia. Get the liberals out. Take over your state...Do it!!!!

Trude Sansbury
Trude Sansbury

We want 20 of you republicans running, the more the merrier!

Ed Helton
Ed Helton

Or, crawl out from under rocks.