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Jimmy Carter's grandson to run for GA governor

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ATLANTA (AP) -

Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter and a state lawmaker from Atlanta, has taken the first steps toward running for governor next year and filed paperwork to form a campaign committee.

Carter filed Thursday morning and made brief remarks with his wife and two sons by his side. Carter says he's running because Georgia must start addressing an education system that's on the brink and an economy that's not working for the middle class.

Carter's decision shakes up the 2014 race. Republican Gov. Nathan Deal faces two primary opponents and now will deal with the prospect of a Carter campaign likely to be well-financed and focused on criticizing leadership.

Deal spokesman Brian Robinson says the governor is focused on "keeping Georgia the No. 1 place to do business and creating jobs."

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