UPDATED 12:36 am
“Since Bill Cowsert’s announcement that he would not seek the 10th Congressional seat, State Representative Bruce Williamson has been encouraged by dozens of supporters across the district to consider running for the seat. Williamson said that “he and his family will give the race prayerful consideration and take some time to discuss how he can best serve with supporters and donors.”
In a conversation late today, State Senator Bill Cowsert told me he is not running for Congress. He is making the announcement at the Walton County Republican Party meeting tonight in Monroe, Georgia.
In a statement he released first to ZPolitics, he said:
“After many long discussions with my family and law partners, I have decided that I will not seek the Republican nomination for the 10th Congressional District in Georgia.”
“I have always had a desire to serve my community in public office. Serving my friends and neighbors in the 46th Senate District has been a great honor. Serving the hardworking citizens of the 10th Congressional District would have been an even greater honor. However, we must always strike a balance between public service and serving the needs of one’s family, and family must always come first.”
“I have spent 30 years building a successful law practice that I would have to close down if elected to Congress. With a child still in college, it is not the right time to make such a dramatic change. After a great deal of reflection, I am confident that the best way to balance my desire for public service and the responsibilities I have as a husband and father is to continue to serve in the State Senate.”
“The support and encouragement over these last several months has been encouraging, and I will be forever indebted to those who prayed on my behalf and helped me to finally come to this decision. I will be running for re-election to the State Senate for District 46 in 2014. I look forward to supporting our Republican nominee for Congress and continuing to work to get our country back on the right path to fiscal responsibility.”
Sen. Cowsert will run for re-election for his State Senate Seat. This leaves the field wide open for the race to replace Rep. Paul Broun who is leaving his seat at the end of this term to run for the U. S. Senate seat that will be vacated by the retirement of Sen. Saxby Chambliss. And the dominoes continue to fall.
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