FORT VALLEY -- Not surprisingly, gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter began a speech Saturday with a reference to his famous grandfather.
Carter, a Decatur Democrat and state senator, is an attorney. He is the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, who also served as Georgia governor. He is the only person seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. Gov. Nathan Deal is facing opposition from John Barge, the state school superintendent, and David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, in the primary election to be held May 20.
Carter said his grandfather taught him that its more important to be a good person than to get elected, and that anyone truly can become anything they want.
He demonstrates something we all have to understand, Carter said. It doesnt matter where you come from or what you look like you can make a difference in this world.
Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke introduced Carter by stating if he could pick anyone in Georgia to be the governor, Carter would be his choice.
We cant wait any longer for a governor who cares about education, who cares about the middle class, Cooke said. Everyone knows that Jason Carter is not just a great candidate, hes the governor Georgia needs right now.
Carter said Deal lacks vision.
The goal of the folks in power today is the governor passes the buck, Carter said. The biggest problem with people in power in Georgia today is that they dont believe government can succeed.
Carters wife is a public school teacher. He said education is a focus of his agenda, and said under Deals administration, the state has 9,000 fewer public school teachers. He also criticized cuts to higher education.
The biggest failure we have seen in this governors office is the dismantling of our public school system, Carter said. There is just less educating going on in our state.
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