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Sen. Jason Carter to run for Georgia governor

Jason Carter

Jason Carter

ATLANTA -- A grandson of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter plans to run for governor of Georgia, an office once held by his grandfather on his path to the White House, Reuters News Service reports.

Jason Carter, who serves in the state Senate, will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Gov. Nathan Deal, the expected frontrunner, next year in a state that has not had a Democratic governor in 12 years, a legislative assistant to Carter said on Thursday.

Carter told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his campaign would focus on ways to improve the state's education system, economy and ethics laws.

Deal's spokesman, Brian Robinson, declined to comment on Carter's decision.

Carter is the second relative of formerly high-profile politicians from Georgia to announce a run for office in 2014. Michelle Nunn, daughter of ex-U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, earlier this year said she would be a candidate for the seat her father once held. U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Moultrie, is not seeking re-election to that Senate seat.

Both Carter and Nunn are expected to face uphill battles in a state that is solidly Republican.

Carter, 38, has served in the Georgia Senate since 2010. Prior to working as an attorney at a business litigation firm, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa.


EARLIER REPORTS

ATLANTA - According to multiple media outlets, Democratic State Sen. Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, is joining the governor's race for 2014.

If Carter were to win the Democratic nomination, he would challenge the Republican candidate in the November 2014 general election.

As the sitting governor, Gov. Nathan Deal is seen as the overwhelming favorite to again win the GOP nomination.

This story is developing.