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POSTED: May 13, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Another name can be added to the list of competitors hoping to unseat Georgia's senior U.S. senator, Saxby Chambliss.
Former state legislator and commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Resources Jim Martin recently announced his bid.
Running on a platform that includes ending the Iraq war, the Vietnam War veteran, who is running as a Democrat, used his announcement to lash out at Chambliss for his continued support of the war and the Bush administration.
"We need a senator in Washington who answers to Georgians and not to George Bush and Dick Cheney 92 percent of the time. Sen. Chambliss' uncritical advocacy of the Iraq war has been matched only by his disregard for the soldiers fighting it and their families," Martin said. "I believe we should respect our troops by using them more effectively and taking better care of them when they come home."
Having served nearly two decades in the Georgia House and working to establish the PeachCare for Kids health insurance program for children of low-income families, Martin also criticized Chambliss' record on domestic issues such as healthcare.
"Sen. Chambliss' consistent refusal to support common sense solutions to our national healthcare crisis, like providing healthcare to uninsured kids, demonstrates how out of step he really is with Georgians," he said.
Just a few weeks into his candidacy, Martin has received endorsements from political leaders throughout Georgia, including former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, former Gov. Roy Barnes and former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland, all Democrats.
Martin said he was "honored to have earned the trust of these distinguished Georgians," noting it will take a coalition of support from Democrats with "the values of hardworking Georgians" throughout the state to oust the incumbent senator in the fall.
Martin's bid makes him the fourth person to officially announce a challenge to Chambliss' Senate seat. DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Vernon Jones, former investigative reporter Dale Cardwell and ecologist and business executive Rand Knight have previously announced their intentions to run.
Political insiders have also speculated former Gov. Roy Barnes and state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond may join the race.
For more information about Jim Martin's campaign for U.S. Senate, go to www.martinforsenate.com.
 

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