Senator Hunter Hill enters the race for governor

Amid rumors, State Senator Hunter Hill (R- Atlanta) has announced that he would mount a bid for governor in 2018. 

He made his plans official on Tuesday in an email to supporters. 

"Now - more than ever – is the time to launch a bold, new vision for Georgia’s future," Sen. Hill wrote. "I have been thinking and praying about this decision for some time, and we are ready. My many years of diverse leadership experience in military combat, business, and politics provides a unique perspective that will guide Georgia to reach its full potential."

Hill, first elected in 2012, is regarded as a strong and effective conservative lawmaker in the General Assembly. Some of the efforts he has led include a push to allow Education Savings Accounts and expand selling rights for craft beer brewers. To that end, he said that he would advocate for "more efficient and effective state government."

"I am dedicated to America’s founding values and principles of God-given rights, limited government, free enterprise and expanded liberty. I have fought to defend these values in Afghanistan and Iraq and in the Georgia Senate," he said. 

Others who have entered the race for governor in 2018 include Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, both Republicans. So far, no Democrats have announced a bid for the office.