With Jason Carter’s announcement that he wants to move across town to West Paces Ferry Road, State Senate district 42 is going to need a new Senator. The district includes several in-town Atlanta neighborhoods as well as parts of Decatur. We shall begin the speculation this morning of who Carter’s replacement will be.
Atlanta attorney Russell Waldon, with strong ties in Democratic circles and a likely substantial fundraising base in the legal community, seems to be dominating early speculation and is reportedly making his interest known to party leaders and activists.
Former State Representative Elena Parent could want to return to the Gold Dome. Other names under discussion as possible candidates to succeed Carter include longtime State Rep Mary Margaret Oliver and Decatur lawyer Tom Stubbs, who lost badly to Carter in 2010.
We’ll complete random speculation by throwing in the names of former Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, GTLA Lobbyist Bill Clark, and former Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd.
Any of our Democratic and/or In-town readers care to help speculate this one? Who will be the next Senator from Georgia’s 42nd?