Originally created 10/25/03

Michelle Nunn, daughter of Sam Nunn, not running for Senate



ATLANTA -- Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, ruled out a campaign for the seat of Sen. Zell Miller, saying Friday she will focus on her family instead.

Nunn, 36, joins former Mayor Andrew Young on a list of Democrats who have looked at the race and turned it down.

"In the next few years, I believe that my primary focus is best directed toward my 11-month-old son and family," she said.

She said her father "was completely supportive either way." She runs a volunteer group called Hands-On Atlanta but has never held political office.

Miller, a Democrat, doesn't plan to seek re-election next year. Democrats have had a difficult time finding a strong candidate, while Republicans have four candidates, including two incumbent congressmen.

Many Democrats had pinned their hopes on Young, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Carter administration. But after considering the race for months, he announced Oct. 3 he would not run.

"We think Michelle Nunn would have been a good candidate, but we respect her decision," State Democratic Chairman Calvin Smyre said in a statement.

"She will provide an excellent voice in Democratic politics in the years to come. We expect to run a strong campaign for the U.S. Senate and to retain Sen. Miller's seat for the Democratic Party," he said.

The only announced Democratic candidate is little-known state Sen. Mary Squires.

Sam Nunn, 65, served four terms in the Senate, from 1973 to 1997.