There Shall Be Rumors Of Candidates, The Next Jason Carter Edition

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?



  1. equality_activist says:

    If Waldon is already burning up the phones, it will be interesting to see what kind of first mover advantage he has. He is a longtime Dem booster and is certainly active in progressive circles, but has never run for office so would have to overcome that if someone like Oliver or Benfield jumped in. Oliver would be very difficult to beat.

  2. northside101 says:

    One sure bet—the successor will be a Democrat. Obama got 71 (percent) in that district last year, according to preliminary analysis at website Swing State Project. Obviously not a seat the Democrats have to worry about giving up in order to run statewide next year, so they won’t drop below their current total of 18 seats in the Georgia Senate. Speaking of the Senate, wouldn’t surprise me if the partisan totals remain 38-18 in favor of GOP after next year’s election (which is what the current total is). Most seats in that chamber are solidly D or R.

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