ATLANTA -- Democrat Michelle Nunn says she is running to fill theU.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Saxby Chambliss.

It is the same seat her father, Sam Nunn, held before him.

"I think people are tired of the extremes on both sides and I'm going to be a candidate that talks about pragmatism and moderation," said Nunn while sitting down to talk with 11Alive on Tuesday.

Michelle Nunn comes from a line of lawmakers. Her father served in both the House and Senate for nearly three decades. Her great uncle, Senator Richard Russell,served nearly 40 years.

Michelle Nunn has never held political office, instead building a career as CEO of Points of Light, one of the nations largest volunteer organizations.

She says she believes in the power of the individual to foster change, work with others and solve problems.

"I have 25 years of a record of service and of getting things done and building an organization from scratch and creating a $30 million organization. So I'm not sure people are looking for more of the same in Washington, I actually think they're looking for something different," said Nunn.

They will have to be for her to win. Right now on the Republican side of the ticket she's up against three congressmen,Paul Broun of Athens; Phil Gingrey of Marietta; and Jack Kingston of Savannah,along with former Secretary of State Karen Handel.

"I think it's a very winnable race and I think it's a race that's not going to be about labels. I think it's going to be about ideas and issues," she refuted.

On the issues, Nunn says deficit reduction and job growth are her focus. She says the Affordable Care Act isn't "affordable" for everyone, that immigrants should be given a better pathway to citizenship and the definition of marriage should be left to the states.

"On a personal level I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to join together in the kind of commitment that I've had with my husband the last 12 years," said Nunn.

Nunn isn't the only name on the democratic ticket, but she is the one with the most name recognition. Political analysts say she will need to rally the party, even with her moderate agenda, to win in a state ruled by Republicans.

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