Pennington showed up with a handful of supporters in his effort to unseat Nathan Deal in the Republican primary. Deal was the first to qualify Monday, and State Superintendent of Schools John Barge is expected to file his paperwork before the weeklong qualifying period ends.
In what is expected to become the most crowded primary race, four more candidates for state superintendent of schools showed up before lunch – Kira Willis, Nancy Jester, Richard Woods and Sharyl Dawes, all on the Republican side. Fitz Johnson and Allen Fort qualified the day before.
One election watcher counted 17 candidates planning to qualify. So far, no Democrats have stepped forward, although at least two are expected to.
Qualifying ends at noon Friday.