Mon., May 6, 2013 2:06pm (EDT)

Buddy Carter Launches U.S. House Run
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 11 months ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Buddy Carter has announced his plans to follow Jack Kingston into the US House.  Carter isn't the first and probably won't be the last.  Kingston's run for Senate sets up the first open seat in Georgia's Republican-leaning 1st Congressional District in 20 years.  (photo Georgia State Senate)
Buddy Carter has announced his plans to follow Jack Kingston into the US House. Carter isn't the first and probably won't be the last. Kingston's run for Senate sets up the first open seat in Georgia's Republican-leaning 1st Congressional District in 20 years. (photo Georgia State Senate)
The dominoes are beginning to fall along the Georgia coast.

That's where Congressman Jack Kingston last week announced he's running for the US Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss.

Pooler State Senator Buddy Carter on Monday announced his run for Kingston's seat.

Carter says he's spoken with former Savannah State Senator Eric Johnson and Tybee Island State Representative Ben Watson.

"Eric Johnson has assured me that he's not interested in running and Ben Watson, I think, is going to be running for my seat, for the State Senate seat," Carter says. "So, it's important for us to focus on our race and what we're supposed to be doing. And that's what we're going to be focused on."

Carter is a Republican, a pharmacist and a former mayor.

He says he has the name recognition to get past what could become a crowded field of Republican candidates to run in the GOP-leaning First Congressional District.

"If you look at the district, 41% of the Republican voters, I have represented either now or in the past," Carter says.

Another Carter, Darwin Carter of Alma, an unsuccessful former candidate for State House, also is running.

But behind him, another four Republicans are said to be considering a run.