Carter's grandson to run for state Senate

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ATLANTA --- Jimmy Carter's grandson is following the former president into politics with a run for the Georgia state Senate.

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Jason Carter:Atlanta attorney, 34, says his family's name will help him, but he must make his own case for public office.  Associated Press
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Jason Carter:Atlanta attorney, 34, says his family's name will help him, but he must make his own case for public office.

Democrat Jason Carter says he will run for an Atlanta-area seat that's being vacated by President Obama's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to Singapore.

If David Adelman is confirmed as ambassador in January, a special election could be held in March for his Senate seat representing part of DeKalb County.

Jason Carter is the only person so far to say he'd run for the seat, a Democratic stronghold.

The 34-year-old said his grandfather, once the governor of Georgia, encouraged him to take the plunge.

But Jason Carter said he doesn't feel much pressure to live up to his family's famous last name.

"To the extent that there's pressure, it is pressure to do the right thing, to maintain integrity that comes with the name," he said.

Mr. Carter, an attorney, focuses on voting rights at an Atlanta firm. The former Peace Corps volunteer graduated from Duke University and the University of Georgia School of Law.

He said he wouldn't expect the former president to join him on the campaign trail much. "The fact that Jimmy Carter is my grandfather, it gives me a profile and it gives me an opportunity," he said. "But in the end I still have to have relevant things to say."

Jason Carter's father, Jack, ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate from Nevada in 2006.

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smartie
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smartie 12/10/09 - 02:13 am
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GREAT! that's what we need.

GREAT! that's what we need. another liberal democrat in the state senate. and, a carter on top of that! i'd stay home if this was all i had to vote for.

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Notreally 12/10/09 - 06:44 am
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I hope he get's it...

I hope he get's it...

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TrukinRanger 12/10/09 - 10:49 am
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Good Luck Mr. Carter
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Good Luck Mr. Carter

corgimom
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corgimom 12/10/09 - 10:54 am
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He can't do any worse than

He can't do any worse than that terrible President Jimmy Carter, that's for sure.

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KingJames 12/10/09 - 01:10 pm
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Please don't beat Mr. Carter

Please don't beat Mr. Carter up for the things his grandfather did when Mr. Carter was 5. Mr. Carter's destiny belongs to him, and doesn't need what you all remember about the former president to be held against him. Give the guy chance to speak for himself. The family name will be there, but the public should only be interested in relevant issues.

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change display name 12/10/09 - 02:41 pm
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a "voting rights attorney"

a "voting rights attorney" was all I needed to know. Liberal.

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