State Sen. Jason Carter is getting into the governor’s race.
The Atlanta Democrat told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday he will make a formal announcement of his challenge to Gov. Nathan Deal Thursday.
A news release Thursday morning confirmed Carter will file campaign paperwork at 10 a.m.
Carter told the paper the state’s economy is not working for the middle class and education remains underfunded.
The 38-year-old is the grandson of Jimmy Carter, who also served in the state Senate before ascending to the governor’s office and the presidency.
According to the AJC, Carter’s is “a move that catapults the gubernatorial contest into the national spotlight and tests whether Georgia’s changing demographics can loosen the Republican Party’s 12-year grip on the state’s highest office.”
“We want a Georgia that’s at its best,” Carter told the newspaper. “And Georgia at its best invests in education, it doesn’t cut billions out of the classrooms, it has an economy that works for the middle class and it always has an honest government.”