By KATHLEEN FOODY
ATLANTA (AP) - The top Democrat in the Georgia House is taking the first step toward a run for governor in 2018.
Rep. Stacey Abrams filed paperwork on Tuesday to form a campaign committee. The field to replace term-limited Republican Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to be crowded.
Three Republicans already are running. More potential candidates from both parties are considering bids.
Abrams is widely expected to run. She was elected to the House in 2007 and became Democrats' leader in 2010 using a pragmatic style and occasionally working with Republicans on contentious issues.
She has gained attention in the national Democratic party as the founder of an organization focused on registering minorities to vote. The work also created a conflict with Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who investigated the group in 2014.