Huge news. State Sen. Don Balfour (R-Snellville) just announced that, not only is he pulling out of the race for Congress, he’s done with the state Senate. Here’s the press release:
This afternoon, Senator Don Balfour, from the 9th District, announced that he will no longer run for John Linder’s 7th Congressional seat.
“Being a congressman has been something I thought I wanted to do. Needless to say, when John Linder announced that he was not running for re-election, I jumped at the opportunity to be the new voice of leadership. However, for the past three weeks, I have not been at peace about this decision. I feel this is an appropriate time to let all my supporters know that I will also not be seeking reelection for the 9th district senate seat.”
“You will be served well by whoever wins both the Senate seat from the 9th district and Congressional seat from the 7th district.”
“I want to offer my heart felt appreciation to all those who have supported me over the years.”
Balfour has enjoyed his 18 years in the Senate, representing the 9th district. He hopes to be remembered for helping in the inception the Georgia Gwinnett College, passage of some of the strongest ethics and eminent domain bills in the nation, as well as, tort reform.
“Now I can focus on finishing session well and running an efficient Rules Committee. I’m looking forward to welcoming my son home soon from his service in Afghanistan as well as continuing my career at Waffle House.”
This is strange. But you can now consider state Rep. Clay Cox (R-Lilburn) as the front-runner in the race for the 7th District. Ralph Reed may be having second thoughts.
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