Jimmy Carter’s grandson, Jason Carter, said he will run for governor of Georgia in 2014. The Democratic senator will run against Republican Governor Nathan Deal, who is seeking re-election.
The potential candidate said his campaign will focus on the state’s education system and the middle class economy. Although Deal is already facing two strong opponents, Jason has strong financial and political support.
As reported by CBS News, Senator Carter said the residents of Georgia deserve a change:
“We can’t wait… we can’t afford four more years of an economy that’s not working for the middle class and an education system that’s underfunded. It’s not about politics. It’s about making sure we can get the state that we need.”
Governor Deal has several challenges in his run for re-election. In addition to several strong opponents, he stands accused of unethical practices. Georgia’s state ethics commission accused the governor of interfering with an investigation into his misuse of campaign funds.
The FBI is reportedly investigating whether Deal used his position as governor to destroy records and silence those who made the claims.
Despite the controversy, Carter’s grandson may face an uphill battle with Georgia voters. The state’s Governor has been a Republican for the last 12 years.
Jason Carter is a graduate of Duke University and The University of Georgia College of Law. In addition to his position in the Georgia Senate, Carter works as an attorney with Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP.
As reported by Senate.Ga.Gov, Carter has received several awards for his leadership within the bar association and his pro-bono work.
The prospective governor is also active in numerous community service organizations, including Hands on Atlanta, the Carter Center, and the DeKalb Women’s Resource center to End Domestic Violence. Jason Carter is also active in Peace Corps efforts.
Jimmy Carter’s grandson said he wants the residents of Georgia to have a solid education system, an economy that works, and an ethical government.
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