by Greg Bluestein, Tamar Hallerman, and Jim Galloway
The race to replace Stacey Abrams in the Georgia House has already kicked off.
With Abrams widely expected to run for governor, attorney Sachin Varghese said Thursday he’ll run for her Atlanta-based House district. Varghese is an attorney at Bondurant Mixson & Ellmore – the same firm where Jason Carter works – and is a former student body president at the University of Georgia.
“Should she run for higher office, I believe that the constituents of our district deserve continued strong and capable representation, and I offer myself for the district as an attorney committed to building greater opportunity for each and every Georgian,” Varghese said in a statement.
He’ll have the support of state Rep. Scott Holcomb, an Atlanta Democrat and a powerbroker in DeKalb. Holcomb said “he’s smart, has common sense, and works really hard.”
It could be a crowded field. Among the other names we’ve heard for the seat is Bee Nguyen, a Democratic strategist who helped engineer state Rep. Sam Park’s upset victory in a conservative-leaning Gwinnett district.
Then there’s the potential race to replace Abrams as leader of the Democratic caucus in the House. More on that later.