Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.), is set to announce she's entering the race to replace retiring Sen. Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissWyden hammers CIA chief over Senate spying Cruz is a liability Inside Paul Ryan’s brain trust MORE (R-Ga.), the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday.
“I’m excited about it," Nunn said told the newspaper.
"I’ve learned that you can’t wait for somebody else to do it. Everybody has an individual role and a responsibility to contribute where they can. This seems like a way for me to contribute.”
The Senate campaign will be Nunn's first run for public office, and she's been laying the groundwork for a campaign for several months.
Nunn, 46, became the Democrats’ leading Senate recruit in Georgia after Rep. John BarrowJohn BarrowDem files Ethics complaint on Benghazi panel Barrow thanks staff in farewell speech The best and the worst of the midterms MORE (D-Ga.) decided against a bid in early May.
Democrats believe Georgia and Kentucky, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellSanders, Merkley back McConnell decision to skip TPP vote John McCain: No longer a profile in courage McConnell: Senate won't take up TPP this year MORE (R) is facing reelection, are their best chances at a pickup in 2014.
Their odds in Georgia may improve if a crowded Republican primary field produces a flawed nominee in the GOP-leaning state.
The Republican field currently includes Reps. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), Phil GingreyPhil GingreyBeating the drum on healthcare Former GOP chairman joins K Street Former Rep. Gingrey lands on K Street MORE (R-Ga.), Paul BrounPaul BrounCalifornia lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment Republican candidates run against ghost of John Boehner The Trail 2016: Let’s have another debate! MORE (R-Ga.) and Karen Handel, a former Georgia Secretary of State and executive with Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
“Our opportunity is to define ourselves,” Nunn told the Journal-Constitution.
“I’m going to talk a lot about the deficit. Neither side of the equation is really tackling that. I think people are really tired of the mudslinging and the silliness of this.”
Nunn said her father, who served four Senate terms, is excited about her decision to try and follow in his footsteps.
"This is my campaign, but he’ll be supportive in every way,” she said.