Endorsement rush – Senate candidates tout backers

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 27, 2014
Kyle Williams, left, and Elena Parent, right, candidates for state Senate District 42.

Kyle Williams, left, and Elena Parent, right, candidates for state Senate District 42.

The two Democrats running to become the next senator from District 42 announced several endorsements this month.

The most recent has been state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, who is backing Elena Parent to replace outgoing state senator Jason Carter. Carter is running for governor against incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal.

Parent, a former state rep, is running against Decatur attorney Kyle Williams.

“I worked side-by-side with Elena in the State House and know she is an effective leader ” Oliver said in her announcement. “In the State House, we stood together and fought for increased education funding, access to quality healthcare for working families, and for environmental protections so our children and families can thrive.”

Parent’s other endorsements include Rep. Stacey Abrams, Democratic State House Leader, Rep. Howard Mosby, HD 83, Rep. Rahn Mayo, HD 84, Rep. Karla Drenner, HD 85 and Rep. Michele Henson, HD 86.

Williams has his own running list of endorsements. While Parent’s list includes several state representatives representing part of the senate district, Williams’ list includes the names of several local politicians.

He counts among his supporters: Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett, Commissioner Fred Boykin, former Decatur Mayor Bill Breen, School Board member Annie Caiola, Decatur Mayor Pro Tem Kecia Cunningham, Decatur City Commissioner Scott Drake, former Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd, former School Board Chairman Mark Wisniewski, Decatur City Commissioner Patti Garrett, School Board member Garrett Goebel, former City Commissioner Mary Alice Kemp, School Board member Julie Rhame, former Mayor Elizabeth Wilson, and former School Board Chairwoman Valarie Wilson.

Wilson is running in the Democratic primary for state school superintendent.

Williams also said he was proud to have the endorsement of Jenna Black, a CSD teacher.

“The endorsements that have I received from Jenna and other community leaders show clearly that District 42 is my home and not a stepping stone,” Williams said in a press release announcing his endorsements.

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  • Chris Billingsley

    It does not surprise me that Mrs. Parent touts her supporters from the entrenched DeKalb Democratic machine at the state capital. Some of her supporters listed above have been hanging around the Gold Dome since the eighties. If Mrs. Parent were Republican, she would be accused of being part of the “Good Old Incumbent Club”. But Mr. Williams has several supporters that have a history of reaching out to the other side to get things done in a bi-partisan way. And I am very impressed that he has the support of an outstanding local teacher, someone I have admired for her professional and personal qualities for a long time.
    This race is starting to get interesting.

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