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Georgia gubernatorial candidate from Ringgold speak to retired teachers in hometown

She lived in 16 homes before graduation, saw her mother abused, and went to bed some nights without electricity or water. Meet gubernatorial candidate for the state of Georgia, Stacey Evans. (image WTVC)

She lived in 16 homes before graduation, saw her mother abused, and went to bed some nights without electricity or water. Meet gubernatorial candidate for the state of Georgia, Stacey Evans.

In a campaign ad, Evans shared her story. She told the same story in person in front of a crowd of retired teachers at the Boynton Baptist Church in Ringgold.

"There was one time when I was 12 years old, I was getting ready for school, and I saw one of my step fathers at the time, beating up my mom."

Some of the teachers in the crowd, were some that taught Evans during her school days at Ringgold High. The candidate specifically credited Ms Laura Henderson, her old social studies teacher, for giving her so much guidance. Henderson spoke briefly to crowd, saying in her 30 years of teaching students, Evans stood out.

"She was really involved in high school," Henderson said. "I had no idea what she was going through in her personal life." She didn't find that out until Evans ran her Governor campaign.

Thursday, Evans talked about her inspiration to run. She says the HOPE scholarship, introduced to her by the late former Governor Zell Miller, opened the doors to be first person in her family to go to college and law school. The HOPE scholarship was a need-based scholarship that gave free tuition to Georgia students if they maintained a "B" average.

She chose the path of law after seeing so many lawyers on TV shows.

"I fell in love with that thought of standing up and fighting for people and that's what confirmed my belief that I wanted to become a lawyer." said Evans.

So why Governor?

"When I got to the legislature, the first major piece of legislation up for that year, cuts to the HOPE program." she told the group. She worked to rebuild that scholarship program, but was always stumped by one office; the governor's office. So, she decided to run.

"I know that we've thought big before in this state, that progressive policies have won out, like HOPE, Zell Miller and others before me," she said. "I look forward to continuing that tradition."

Evans says her law firm cracked a major fraud case, recovering more than $300 million in tax payer money. She says from the success of her law career, she's started a scholarship for students who are first-generation college students.

Evans is one of two candidates for the democratic ticket; her opponent is Stacey Abrams, also a former Georgia House of Representatives legislature, from the Atlanta-area.

According to the Georgia Secretary of State's Office, residents can cast their ballot for the Democratic primary on May 22nd. In order to do so, you must be registered to vote by April 24th.


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