District 13 U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Jonesboro, on Thursday endorsed former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams for governor in the 2018 election.

“Stacey Abrams is an experienced and principled leader who is not afraid to stand up for what is right, and put service to families in our state first,” Scott said in a news release from Abrams' campaign.

“As the top ranking Democrat in the House who has stopped tax increases on the poor and middle class, fought to expand Medicaid, protected civil rights and stood up for access to quality public education, she is undoubtedly the most qualified person in the race for governor.”

Abrams said she was “honored to have Congressman Scott’s support.”

"Congressman Scott has been a tireless advocate and strong voice in Washington for our state and families in the 13th Congressional District. He has worked to promote economic security and educational opportunity for all Georgians. I look forward to working alongside him during the campaign ahead.”

Scott is serving his eighth term in the U.S. House His six-county district includes all of Douglas County. He also served 18 years in the Georgia General Assembly, including 1974 to 1982 in the State House and 1982 to 2002 in the State Senate.

Scott joins District 5 U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Atlanta; and District 4 U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Lithonia, in supporting Abrams "and her vision for a brighter, stronger Georgia," stated a news release from Abrams' campaign.

Abrams served as Georgia House Minority Leader and announced today she will resign her state House District 89 seat representing Atlanta to run for governor.

Also seeking the Democratic nomination is District 42 State Rep. Stacey Evans, D-Smyrna. Evans' prominent endorsements have included former governor Roy Barnes.

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