Former state Senator Donzella James knows a little something about special elections.
In 1994, James entered the Georgia Senate after winning a special election to fill the unexpired term of state Sen. Arthur Langford. Now, fifteen years later, the Atlanta native hopes another special election victory is in her future as she seeks a return to the state’s upper legislative chamber.
On the steps of the State Capitol late last week, Donzella James officially joined a crowded field of six other candidates aspiring to fill the seat soon to be vacated by state Senator Kasim Reed (D – Atlanta).
Reed, a candidate for Atlanta mayor this fall, is required by the state Constitution to give up his state Senate seat once he qualifies in the Atlanta municipal elections.
Before mounting several failed campaigns for public office (including an attempt to unseat Reed in the 2004 Democratic primary), James served eight years in the Georgia Senate where she chaired the Interstate Cooperation Committee and sponsored legislation renaming several state highways and bridges in honor of notable Georgians.
In announcing her candidacy, James said her agenda would include a focus on creating sustainable community development; expanding healthcare accessibility and affordability for children, senior citizens, the disabled and veterans; and building coalitions with local government, statewide officials and inter-religious and international organizations for world peace.