State Senator Jason Carter (D-Atlanta) made his bid for Georgia's next governor official by filing paperwork Thursday morning with the Georgia Campaign Finance Commission.
The grandson of former President Jimmy Carter spoke briefly to reporters afterwards.
"I'm running for governor because I believe in Georgia at its best," he says.
Carter went on to mention funding for education, the middle class, and what is thought to be a dig at Gov. Nathan Deal.
"Georgia at its best always has an honest government that works for everyone and not just good political donors or well-placed friends," he says.
Deal spokesman Brian Robinson says the Governor looks forward to running on his record including job creation no matter who his Democratic opponent may be.
"We have a primary to run and win on our side amongst Republican voters, and Republican voters are going to give Nathan Deal a huge mandate going into the General Election," he tells WSB's Sandra Parrish.
Carter follows in the footsteps of his famous grandfather who also served in the State Senate and as Governor before running for President.
In a statement, President Carter says both he and Rosalynn are excited by the announcement: "Georgia faces serious challenges ahead and would greatly benefit from a smart and fresh leader focused on improving our schools, creating opportunities for a more prosperous middle class, and restoring a sense of trust and transparency back to state government. We are proud that he's running and look forward to what's ahead."
The only other candidate seeking the Democratic nomination was former State Sen. Connie Stokes who now says she will support Carter and run for Lt. Governor.