12:08 pm September 14, 2009, by Aaron Gould Sheinin
Elena Parent, an attorney and former state Senate aide, will challenge state Rep. Jill Chambers (R-Atlanta) for the North DeKalb seat in the General Assembly.
Parent, former chief of staff to Sen. David Adelman (D-Atlanta), is the development director for HOPE Atlanta, also known as Travelers Aid of Metro Atlanta.
Chambers is a four-term lawmaker who chairs the Legislature’s MARTA oversight committee and serves on both the Appropriations and Rules committees.
Parent, 33, said she will focus her campaign on education, transportation and fiscal responsibility.
Although Chambers won her most recent re-election in 2008 by nearly 10 percentage points, Barack Obama carried her district with 53 percent of the vote.
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