Decatur Lawyer to Run for Carter's GA Senate Seat

Kyle Williams is running to represent District 42 that covers Decatur and portions of DeKalb County including neighborhoods from Buford Highway to DeKalb Avenue.

Kyle Williams. Credit: Kyle Williams for State Senate Facebook page
Kyle Williams. Credit: Kyle Williams for State Senate Facebook page
Less than a month after State Sen. Jason Carter announced he would enter the 2014 race for governor, a Decatur resident has made known his intentions to seek the District 42 seat that Carter is vacating.

Lawyer Kyle Williams, who made an unsuccessful bid for the Decatur City Commission Post 2 seat in 2009, is running to represent the district that covers Decatur, Avondale Estates and portions of DeKalb County including neighborhoods from Buford Highway to DeKalb Avenue such as North Druid Hills, Morningside, Druid Hills, East Lake, Kirkwood and Edgewood.

A Democrat, the openly gay Williams is asking supporters to ‘like’ his Facebook page announcing his bid for the state Senate seat.

The former board chair of the Georgia Equality Foundation posted a bio on his website:

Kyle is a founding partner of and an attorney with the law firm of Williams Teusink, LLC. He focuses his practice on land use and zoning, lender liability and loan workouts, landlord-tenant, commercial and residential real estate transactions and litigation, brokerage commission disputes, construction disputes, covenant enforcement and association disputes, and ad valorem property tax appeals.

Kyle represents individual property owners, nonprofits, neighborhoods, homeowner and condominium associations, real estate builders and developers, real estate agents and brokers, real estate appraisers, and other real estate professionals. Kyle has represented clients in numerous jury, bench, and arbitration trials throughout Georgia as well as before state agencies and local governments on permitting, code enforcement, zoning, and ad valorem property tax appeals. Kyle also counsels clients on residential and commercial contract and lease negotiation, formation, enforcement, and termination.

Kyle frequently writes and teaches about land use, zoning and real estate matters at seminars and continuing education classes.

Carter, the grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, will attempt to unseat Gov. Nathan Deal, the Republican incumbent who defeated Roy Barnes in 2010. Deal already faces primary opposition within his party from state Schools Superintendent John Barge and Dalton Mayor David Pennington.

Carter, 38, won a special election in May 2010 for the District 42 seat. He replaced former Sen. David Adelman, who was appointed ambassador to Singapore.

Carter won the general election later that year to secure a two-year term.

Steve Brown February 01, 2014 at 06:59 PM
Kyle doesn't stand a snowballs chance of winning. Elena Parent has Steve Henson sponsoring a fundraiser. She's got Karla Drenner, Michele Henson and the old timers of when Elena first served recommending her for the seat. Kyle would do so much better if he ran for Karla Drenner's seat since she has aspirations for something more lucrative in the very near future.


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