Just hours after Georgia finalized redistricting plans, a Coastal Empire man announced plans to run for one of it's newly formed districts. Pooler's mayor, Buddy Carter, didn't want to oppose Republican Ron Stephens for the Georgia House of Representatives, and now he doesn't have to. With a brand new district in place, Carter is now vying for the job to serve not only Pooler but the newly formed 159th District as well.
"I'm announcing today that I will be a candidate for the Republican nomination for the Georgia House of Representatives," Carter said in a news conference today.
The newly formed district covers unincorporated Chatham County, south of Georgetown to the Bryan County line, the cities of Pooler, Bloomingdale, Port Wentworth, and Rincon, and unincorporated south Effingham County.
"If you look at the dynamics of this district and the fact this is a growth area," said Carter. "When you talk about west Chatham, southwest Chatham, south Effingham, all of that has in common: growth and the potential for growth and that's what we've been doing here in the City of Pooler."
But after nine years of seeing that growth as Pooler's mayor, Carter says leaving his job as was not an easy decision to make. "It was difficult to give up that position because I love the City of Pooler, but this is a position I've long aspired to," Carter said.
Eight years ago, Carter considered stepping down as mayor of Pooler to run for higher office, but he said it wasn't the right time. Now, he says, it is. "Now my family is older and it's just a better time for me and I'm extremely excited for it," he said. "It's as if God has opened a door for me, so I'm really excited."
Carter will stay on as Pooler's mayor until April 30, when he'll have to qualify to run for District 159. At that time, mayor pro tem Mike Lamb will become acting mayor.