Shafer files paperwork to run for lt. governor

An announcement has not yet been made, but it appears that Senate President Pro Tem David Shafer (R- Duluth) has filed paperwork indicating that he will indeed run for lieutenant governor in 2018. 

Shafer's filing comes after reports that several lawmakers had been urging him to run. According to the Gwinnett Daily Post, Rep. Chuck Efstration (R- Dacula) recently told members of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce that Sen. Shafer is being "sought out" to run for the powerful office. 

“I’m very excited right now that as discussions about statewide races for constitutional officers takes place, I know Sen. Shafer is being encouraged by many people, including myself, to consider running for lieutenant governor,” Efstration said. “I don’t think we’ve ever had the kinds of opportunities that we do right now for additional influence in Atlanta.”

Shafer has served in the State Senate since 2002. 

In April, Rep. Geoff Duncan (R- Cumming) confirmed that he would seek the lieutenant governor's seat, and it's possible that Senator Steve Gooch (R- Dahlonega) may jump in the race as well. 

Casey Cagle, who currently serves as Georgia’s Lt. Governor, is ramping up a run for Governor.