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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