Former Democratic candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Evans has announced a bid to return to the state House.
Evans said Thursday that she will enter the race for an Atlanta-based seat held by retiring state Rep. Pat Gardner.
Evans formerly represented a Smyrna-based seat before stepping down in 2017 to run for governor. She lost in the Democratic primary to Stacey Abrams, who lost to Republican Brian Kemp.
One of Evans’ main platforms in that race was championing the HOPE scholarship, which personally enabled her to go to college.
“I’m in! I am excited to announce my candidacy for State House District 57,” Evans said on Twitter. “As a mother, lawyer and four-term legislator, I simply cannot be idle when the stakes are so high and I know my experience will make a difference.”
Her statement said she’s motivated to run again in part by Republican attacks on women’s rights, a reference to the abortion ban passed by the Georgia Legislature this year.
Evans was first elected to the state House in 2010. She would return there in January 2021 if successful.