Former state Senate majority leader Bill Stephens has dropped out of the July 20 primary in the 9th District congressional race to replace Nathan Deal. The decision was not unexpected.
This from the Chattanooga Times Free Press:
Mr. Stephens, an eight-year veteran of the state Senate and communications director for former Gov. Zell Miller, said Tuesday he would not seek the congressional seat or any other public office in the foreseeable future.
The 53-year-old Cumming resident received slightly more than 2,000 votes, or 4 percent, in last week’s special election for the remainder of the 9th District term.
“I just think that other people are better positioned at the moment to serve in Congress,” Mr. Stephens said. “The results were not what we had hoped. That’s the reality of it.”
He said he’s looking forward to “being a human being again” and would not endorse anyone in the special-election runoff set for June 8….
Mr. Stephens’ decision, coupled with Bert Loftman’s announcement last week that he was dropping out, narrows the field of Republicans to five. There are no Democrats or third-party candidates on the ballot.
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