Georgia state Sen. Jason Carter, the 38-year-old grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, plans to announce Thursday he will challenge Republican Gov. Nathan Deal next year.
Mr. Carter, a Democrat, revealed his plans to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday. He is following in the footsteps of his famous grandfather, who was elected to the state Senate and then the governor’s seat before he took the White House, the newspaper noted.
“We can’t wait as a state,” Jason Carter told the AJC. “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.”
The newspaper reported that Mr. Carter describes himself as a fiscal conservative despite his Democratic status — a reflection of the political realities in red-state Georgia, where Republicans have held the governor’s mansion for 12 years.