Georgia Democratic state Sen. Jason Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, announced Wednesday that he will challenge Gov. Nathan Deal (R) in 2014.
Carter told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he would formally announce his candidacy Thursday.
“We can’t wait as a state,” Carter told the newspaper. “The bottom line is 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.”
On the subject of his grandfather, Carter told the newspaper that “he cares about me and we talk. But at the end of the day, this campaign will be about getting Georgia back to where it needs to be. It’s about the future and not my family.”
The other high-profile Democrat on Georgia’s 2014 ticket is Michelle Nunn, the Points of Light CEO running to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA).