Gay lawyer to run for Jason Carter’s Ga. Senate seat


Decatur lawyer Kyle Williams is running for the state Senate seat currently held by Jason Carter.

Carter announced weeks ago he is running for governor against Republican Nathan Deal.

Williams, who is openly gay, ran unsuccessfully for the Decatur City Commission Post 2 seat in 2009.

State Senate District 42 includes portions of DeKalb County including Decatur, Avondale Estates and Atlanta.

Williams, a Democrat, is a former board chair of Georgia Equality Foundation. He is currently sending out invites to people to “like” his Facebook page announcing his run as a Democrat for the state Senate seat. 

Williams’ partner is Larry Kosten.

From the bio on Williams’ website:

Kyle is a founding partner of and an attorney with the law firm of Williams Teusink, LLC. He focuses his practice on land use and zoning, lender liability and loan workouts, landlord-tenant, commercial and residential real estate transactions and litigation, brokerage commission disputes, construction disputes, covenant enforcement and association disputes, and ad valorem property tax appeals.

Kyle represents individual property owners, nonprofits, neighborhoods, homeowner and condominium associations, real estate builders and developers, real estate agents and brokers, real estate appraisers, and other real estate professionals. Kyle has represented clients in numerous jury, bench, and arbitration trials throughout Georgia as well as before state agencies and local governments on permitting, code enforcement, zoning, and ad valorem property tax appeals. Kyle also counsels clients on residential and commercial contract and lease negotiation, formation, enforcement, and termination.

Kyle frequently writes and teaches about land use, zoning and real estate matters at seminars and continuing education classes.