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President Carter's Grandson Brings Winds Of Change To Georgia
by Georgia Change
04 Oct 2014
The grandson of President Carter is running for governor in Georgia while Senator Sam Nunn's daughter is running for the Senate.
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Jason Carter, candidate for Georgia governor and grandson of President Jimmy Carter
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Michelle Nunn, CEO of the largest volunteer organization
10 years ago, said NPR, Georgia was 70% white. Now it is 60% white with the rest divided among blacks, Latinos, and Asians. There are strong voter registration drives to bring 800,000 of the minority groups to the polls this fall.
President Jimmy Carter's grandson, Jason, is running for governor.
"After graduating from Duke University, Jason Carter served in the Peace Corps stationed in South Africa. He lived in Lochiel, South Africa, where he worked on education issues in rural areas. He learned to speak Zulu and Siswati; and wrote a book, titled Power Lines, about his experiences there.
Carter later attended the University of Georgia School of Law, graduating summa cum laude with a Juris Doctor in 2004.
He has represented the National Football League Players Association and won the Stuart Eizenstat Young Lawyer Award, given by the Anti-Defamation League, for his pro bono work defending voting rights.
In a May 11, 2010 special election, Carter was elected to represent Georgia’s 42nd district in the State Senate. He won with 65.6% of the vote. The seat had been vacated by David Adelman, who became the United States Ambassador to Singapore. Carter is the first member of his family to win elected office since his grandfather, Jimmy Carter, was elected President of the United States. Carter was later re-elected to the Senate in the 2010 and 2012 general elections.
In the Senate, Carter authored legislation to require the state budget to be presented in two parts: first, a separate education budget, and then a budget to fund the rest of state government.
Carter also sponsored ethics reform legislation, including proposals to limit gifts from lobbyists to legislators, to create and fully fund an independent ethics commission, and to create a non-partisan redistricting commission.
In 2012, he was awarded Common Cause’s Democracy Award for his work on promoting ethics reform.
In 2014, Carter voted for House Bill (H.B.) 60, the Safe Carry Protection Act which opponents nicknamed the "guns everywhere" bill.The Safe Carry Protection Act takes effect on July 1, 2014, and permits licensed gun owners to carry guns into many public and private places.] The law is supported by the Georgia Baptist Convention which includes 3,600 Baptist churches in Georgia in favor of increased church autonomy, but is not supported by Catholic or Episcopalian church leaders."
Republican senator Saxby Chambliss is retiring. He along with his fellow Republican senator and 2 Oklahoma Republican senators, Coburn and Inhofe, worked to pass the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act which criminalizes first amendment protected free speech in many instances for animal rights activists working to expose the brutality of factory farms and slaughterhouses.
Michelle Nunn, daughter of Senator Sam Nunn, is running on the Democratic ticket.
"Michelle Nunn is the CEO of Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michelle-nunn/
David Perdue, the Republican candidate, in a deposition under oath said he had outsourced many textile jobs from Georgia. He is also the former CEO of Dollar General, a chain which has virtually no health food. He denigrated his Republican primary opponent saying she had only a high school diploma. He has no such handle with Michelle Nunn.
Perdue has asked for the support of his cousin, Sonny Perdue, former Georgia governor who killed 17 prisoners in Georgia's death chamber.
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