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Georgia Schools Superintendent Outlines Gubernatorial Campaign

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Barge formally announced his plan to run for governor during a speech Tuesday outside City Hall in Smyrna, his hometown.

State School Superintendent John Barge

Associated Press Release
By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY

SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) -- State schools Superintendent John Barge says education, ethics and economic development will be his top issues as he challenges Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 Republican primary.

Barge formally announced his plan to run for governor during a speech Tuesday outside City Hall in Smyrna, his hometown.

Barge is the second candidate to challenge Deal in the Republican primary. Earlier, Dalton Mayor David Pennington announced plans to run.

While Barge was short on specifics, he says he would increase funding for public education in Georgia while reducing the size of government. He also did not take an immediate position on Deal's refusal to expand Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act. Barge says he plans to consult with experts on the issues and have more details in the coming months.


Associated Press Release
By CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY

ATLANTA (AP) -- 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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