Others are eyeing the Kingston seat, as well.
Savannah resident David Schwarz, a former Kingston staffer and now the managing partner of the lobbying and economic development consulting firm of Pier Strategies, said Wednesday he has formed an exploratory committee to help him decide whether to run.
Jeff Chapman, the current state representative from Brunswick who resigned from the state Senate in 2010 to mount a failed bid for governor, also has been mentioned.
Darwin Carter, an Alma native who failed in bids for state agriculture commissioner in 2010 and the state House of Representatives in 2012, has announced he will run for Kingston’s seat. To date, neither Chapman nor Darwin Carter has filed with the FEC.
Simons said the initial poll by the Budddy Carter organization, unverified by any objective polling, shows the state senator with a double-digit lead over the rest of the field of prospective candidates.
Buddy Carter’s pursuit of Kingston’s congressional seat would open up his state senate seat, and state Rep. Ben Watson confirmed Wednesday he will run for the state’s upper chamber if the Pooler Republican vacates the seat.
“If the dominos do fall, I will run for state senate,’ Watson said. “If Buddy doesn’t decide to run, I’ll be happy to stay in the House where I am, where I’m very comfortable.”
There will be no shortage of candidates for Watson’s seat if he tries to move up, according to [local Political Consultant Dave] Simons, who said he already has signed up to lend his services to Skidaway Island native Jesse Petrea.