John Edwards, General Manager of the Mills House Hotel announced Friday he was leaving the race and endorsing attorney Marlon Kimpson, according to a statement issued by Edwards’ campaign. Edwards cited personal and family reasons for his decision to withdraw.
“For me family always comes first and this just isn’t the right time for me to be a candidate for office,” Edwards said. “Marlon is an outstanding candidate who will serve this district very well. He’s been fighting for people in this area for a long time. In the State Senate he’ll be the fighter we need for better schools, expanded health care, and good jobs.”
“John is highly thought of in the business community. He’s a devoted family man and an all-around good person. I’m delighted to have his support and look forward to working with him,” Kimpson said, according to the statement.
Voters will get a chance to decide on candidates in an Aug. 13 primary. Edwards’ exit from the race leaves six other Democrats on the ballot including Kimpson, Emmanuel Ferguson, Herb Fielding, Margaret Rush, Robert “Bob” Thompson and Maurice Washington.
Republican Billy Shuman is running unopposed for his party’s nomination and at least two Libertarian Party candidates will be facing off for that party’s nomination during an Aug. 10 party convention.
The general election for the seat will be held Oct. 1.