And so it begins. GeorgiaPol has it on good authority that State Rep. Geoff Duncan (R-Cumming) is running for Lieutenant Governor in 2018. The baseball star-turned-lawmaker has apparently filed his papers with the secretary of state’s office and, if his Facebook page is any indication, he is rested up and ready to hit the campaign trail.
Duncan has represented parts of Forsyth County since 2012, when he beat incumbent Tom Knox (R) by just 55 votes. Before that he played baseball at Georgia Tech and then professionally for the Miami Marlins’ farm system before moving to the Cumming area. In addition to being a state representative, he operates a healthcare firm.
As a lawmaker, he has focused much of his attention on rural healthcare. In the 2016 and 2017 sessions, he worked on providing tax credits for those who donate to rural hospitals. He also led efforts to enact Michael’s Law, which prevents persons under 21 from working as bar bouncers.
Expect more analysis to come later. Right now we are also watching Senate Pro Tem David Shafer, state senators Butch Miller and Brandon Beach, and state representative Allen Peake as potential LG contenders. Shafer is all but certain to jump into the race, while the others’ intentions are less clear.