Williams quickly became a forceful advocate for progressive causes in the Senate and a prominent supporter of Stacey Abrams’ campaign for governor. She also drew international headlines after she was arrested earlier this month during a “count every vote” protest under the Gold Dome.
She was charged with obstruction and disrupting a general assembly, sparking outrage from Democrats who said she was wrongfully arrested as she stood peacefully with constituents. Porter was among the loudest critics of the authorities, saying she was targeted "for doing her job where she works."
The timing of the party’s vote is not yet certain, but it’s likely to be hashed out over the next month or so.
It’s not immediately clear if Williams would face any high-profile challenger if she decides to run. But Democrats hope the race is less contentious than the 2013 contest that propelled Porter, a newspaper publisher and former House minority leader, to the party’s top.
He won that vote despite a gaggle of powerful party leaders, including then-Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and former Gov. Roy Barnes, who endorsed his opponent. And he coasted to a full four-year term in 2015 despite rumblings from Democrats upset by the GOP sweep the year before.