Residents of state Senate District 42, say hello to your new senator.
Jason Carter, an Atlanta attorney and grandson of former president Jimmy Carter, walked away with nearly 66 percent of the votes in Tuesday's special election to fill the senate seat left vacant by David Adelman, now U.S. Ambassador to Singapore. Decatur attorney Tom Stubbs pulled in 25 percent. David Montane and Steve Patrick nabbed approximately 8 percent and 4 percent, respectively.
The Senate race was Carter's first stab at elected office and Tuesday's win marks the first campaign victory for the family since his grandfather won the presidency in 1976. The New York Times has some details from Carter's victory party at Twain's in Decatur, including the beautiful image of the former president sipping an amber brew.
Carter tells the AJC's Megan Matteucci he plans on building relationships with other senators and working on policy. But he's also got to start planning his re-election.
Carter will serve the remainder of his predecessor's term, which, like all state lawmakers, ends at the end of the year. Both Carter and Stubbs have already qualified for the July 20 Democratic primary. So expect the campaignin' to continue.
(Courtesy Jason Carter Campaign Committee)
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