Jason Carter (South Africa 1998–2000) who wrote Power Lines: Two Years on South Africa’s Borders published by the National Geographic Society in 2002, and who is the grandson of former president Jimmy Carter, has announced he is entering the race for the Georgia Senate.

A Democrat, Jason, said this week that he will run for a DeKalb County seat soon to be vacated by David Adelman, President Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to Singapore. A special election will be held in the Atlanta-area district in March.

Jason, now 34, is an attorney who focuses on voting rights at an Atlanta firm. He graduated from Duke University, then was a PCV in South Africa, and came home to attend the University of Georgia School of Law. He is the founder of the community service group Democrats Work. Jason’s great-grandmother, Lilian Carter, was a PCV in India from 1967-69.  Her book, Away From Home: Letters To My Family was published by Simon & Schuster in 1977 and briefly made the best seller list.