Cates says he won’t campaign for 9th but will serve if elected


Dr. Chris Cates announced Monday that he will no longer actively campaign for the 9th district congressional seat this year but will serve if voters elect him.

“There has been a lot of money spent in this 9th District congressional race and I’m not going to try to outspend the other people in order to win,” the heart doctor said in a statement released to the AJC Monday.

“I hope I’ve clearly articulated my position on the issues of concern for the citizens of the 9th District and I’ll continue to fight for them in public and in private. At some point, I’ll find a way to help and serve the people of North Georgia in the future.”

Cates placed fourth in a special election for the 9th district seat earlier this year with 11.8 percent of the vote, behind Tom Graves, Lee Hawkins and Steve Tarvin. Graves defeated Hawkins in a June 8 special election runoff to replace U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal in the 9th congressional district. Deal resigned to focus on his gubernatorial campaign. Deal’s former district includes parts of Forsyth and Gordon counties, as well as all of Catoosa, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Hall, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Union, Walker, White and Whitfield counties.

Cates, Graves, Hawkins, Tarvin and Bobby Reese are now competing in the July 20 primary for the next term in office. Bert Loftman and Bill Stephens have withdrawn from the race, but their names will still appear on the GOP primary ballot. No Democrats have qualified to get on the ballot.

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hahahahaha

June 28th, 2010
6:54 pm

Guess Tom Perdue finally financially sucked him dry…

[...] For those of you following the Soap Opera “As GA-9 Votes”, it seems as if Dr. Cates is no longer campaigning in the race. But he will serve if elected. Dr. Chris Cates announced Monday that he will no longer actively campaign for the 9th district congressional seat this year but will serve if voters elect him. [...]

LiberalLee

June 28th, 2010
9:13 pm

Lee Hawkins will never give up! If he loses in July, he will run again in November, and again and again and again!

The cause of moderation, main-stream progressive ideals, and all that Lee Hawkins stands for cannot be kept down!

The Dems will rise again!

Janice Crumpton

June 28th, 2010
9:24 pm

I thought Hawkins had been defeated? Didn’t that Tom guy beat him a month or so back? Why is Lee still running if he was beat so bad?

Politics sure is confusing.

Rev Al Sharpton

June 29th, 2010
7:25 am

This is George Bush’s fault.

Jon but not Jon Voight

June 29th, 2010
7:40 am

Ah, the 9th District. Count all the teeth and you might fill a mouth.

rebraider

June 29th, 2010
8:02 am

TO: Jon but not Jon Voight…. What Humor You Have There. C’mon on up to the 9th and make some city slicker comment like that and you won’t have any teeth.