One of Georgia's few Democrat power players enters the 2018 race for governor

Democrat House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams has put an end to speculation that she may pursue statewide office. On Tuesday, she filed paperwork declaring her intention to run for governor. 

While no details are known yet about her likely announcement, she'll be a top candidate to watch. She has proven fundraising chops and ties to leftist billionaire George Soros.

Rep. Abrams has also made a name for herself nationally. She was a highlighted speaker at last year's Democratic National Convention, and was even named as an ideal VP running mate for Bernie Sanders. (This is despite the fact that Abrams was a loud-and-proud Hillary supporter.)

Perhaps most notably, she's been at the forefront of the left's movement to turn Georgia blue, and has pointed to the governor's office as the best opportunity to influence Republicans' redistricting efforts. 

“We need to win seats each cycle, but it’s imperative that the Democrats win the governor’s mansion in 2018 because that’s the only lever we would have that could sizably affect the redistricting maps,” Abrams said in an interview with Atlanta Magazine.

While Abrams is the first powerful Democrat to enter the 2018 race, other Democrats are rumored to be considering a run for the governorship. They include State Rep. Stacy Evans (D- Smyrna), Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, and former State Senator Jason Carter.