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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Michelle Nunn makes U.S. Senate run official

Michelle Nunn
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It's finally official.

Michelle Nunn, the nonprofit professional and daughter of former U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn, today announced plans to file paperwork to become a U.S. Senate candidate and run for the seat currently held by Saxby Chambliss, who's not seeking a third term.

In her email announcement, Nunn highlights her work as a founder of Hands on Atlanta, an organization aimed at connecting people with community service and volunteer opportunities. The nonprofit eventually merged with former President George H.W. Bush's Points of Light Foundation.

Her announcement also touches on her family, particularly her father, saying that:

I have a family heritage that has taught me that there is no higher calling than service. I am a ninth-generation Georgian, the granddaughter of a farmer and Mayor of Perry and of a grandmother who took me to church on Sundays and taught me that we live out our faith by serving others.

I am also the daughter of U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and Colleen Nunn, who taught me the value of hard work. My father was an independent-minded statesman who accomplished an enormous amount by working with others to solve problems and keep our country safe. He's someone I continue to learn from every day.

But the Washington that my father worked in not so long ago is a place that just doesn't exist anymore. Instead of searching for common ground and working together to create solutions, too often our political leaders are simply trying to win the latest battle. Meanwhile, we are running up our national debt and failing to make tough choices to secure our economic future.

It seems that sound economic policy will be a key element in Nunn's platform. In addition to the expected Democratic faithfuls, she appears to be targeting the average Georgian who might want a fiscal conservative but prefer not to cast ballots for old white dudes who think Todd Akin was "partly right" on abortion and a cartoon character, among others. It's also worth noting that Nunn doesn't mention the Democratic Party in her initial fundraising email.

Nunn, who before announcement was considered a possible contender for the statewide seat, says she will spend August traveling throughout Georgia with her family to meet voters. She faces Dr. Branko "Dr. Rad" Radulovacki, an Atlanta physician, and Todd Robinson, an ROTC director from Columbus, in the Democratic primary.

At least one of her potential Republican challengers, former Georgia Secretary of State and Planned Parenthood's no. 1 fan Karen Handel, is already considering her worthy of attack. Rather than, you know, the other Republicans she'll actually have to face first in a primary.

The AJC's Jim Galloway sat down with Nunn yesterday for an exclusive interview. In it, she touches on her stance toward Medicaid expansion, gay marriage, and Trayvon Martin. It's worth checking out for more information about her platform.

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