Ga. schools superintendent plans run for governor

Published On: Aug 30 2013 10:02:55 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 30 2013 04:40:00 PM EDT
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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